Migrants in the informal settlement of Borgo Mezzanone | Photo: Archive / ANSA / Franco Cautillo.
Migrants in the informal settlement of Borgo Mezzanone | Photo: Archive / ANSA / Franco Cautillo.

A 25-year-old Nigerian man was sentenced to 19 years in prison by an Italian court for killing another Nigerian after a fight in the informal camp of Borgo Mezzanine, in the southern region of Puglia, in October 2020.

A court in Foggia on July 8 sentenced a 25-year-old Nigerian citizen, Evans N., to 19 years and six months in prison for the murder on October 27 last year of 34-year-old Emeka N., also Nigerian.

The murder was committed after a fight at the informal settlement of Borgo Mezzanone, which is close to the Puglia city of Foggia. The man was accused of voluntary manslaughter, and prosecutor Roberta Bray had requested a 19-year prison term.

Prosecutor said murder followed fight

According to the prosecution, the two men had a fight inside the camp's shack that hosted a restaurant where the victim worked and where the defendant had gone to eat. The fight continued outside the restaurant.

The 25-year-old then walked back into the restaurant to get a kitchen knife with which he stabbed the victim to death. When police arrived in Borgo Mezzanone, the defendant was surrounded by other migrants living in the ghetto who wanted to lynch him.

The defendant's attorney claimed her client had acted in self-defense or, in subordination, that he had committed involuntary manslaughter.

During the trial, the defendant told the court that he did not intend to kill his friend.

 

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