A mother killed her eight-year-old son after he allegedly found out that she was having an affair with his grandad.
Veronica Panarello throttled her son Loris Stival to death with electrical cables and abandoned his body in a remote gully in Santa Croce, Sicily.
She had tried to pretend her son had been abducted, telling police she had taken him to school in the morning and that he had disappeared by the time she came to collect him in the afternoon.
However, police began to suspect the boy’s mother when CCTV footage at the school did not back up her story.
Murder: The boy’s body was found in an abandoned gully in Sicily (Wikipedia)
She was then arrested and prosecutors at her court case branded her an “egocentric, manipulative liar.”
When Panarello confessed that her son had been killed, she blamed her husband’s father Andrea Stival.
She told an earlier hearing that he had helped to plot and then carried out the murder because Loris had caught them having sex.
Stival is being investigated as an accessory to murder but he has denied the claim and is threatening to sue his daughter-in-law for slander.
Panarello was found guilty of the boy’s murder and of concealing a body and jailed for 30 years.
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