A grieving mother in Italy whose daughter was brutally butchered to death five years ago wore a t-shirt with a photo from her daughter's autopsy to an appeal hearing for her daughter's killer.
On Wednesday, 32-year-old Innocent Oseghale — a Nigerian asylum seeker who had been convicted of raping, murdering, and destroying the body of 18-year-old Pamela Mastropietro — arrived in a court in Perugia, the capital city of the region of Umbria, to appeal his conviction for rape. The victim's mother, Alessandra Verni, attended the hearing and made sure that everyone else in attendance understood the brutality of the crime by wearing a t-shirt with her daughter's mutilated corpse emblazoned on the front.
"Look what they did to her," Verni stated.
"Have you seen what they did to her?" she continued. "That man who raped and tortured her should rot in jail!"
Oseghale did, indeed, torture Mastropietro before horrifically murdering her in January 2018. Hours before her death, Mastropietro had left a drug rehabilitation facility in Macerata — about an hour from Perugia — where she had been receiving treatment. She then walked to Macerata to look for drugs and there met Oseghale, a local drug dealer.
The next day, a bystander discovered two suitcases in a nearby ditch. Inside the suitcases was Mastropietro's dismembered corpse, and testimony at Oseghale's 2019 trial indicated that he chopped her up into "pieces" while she was still alive. A coroner determined that she had died from several stab wounds to her abdomen.
The shirt that Verni wore to the appeal hearing reportedly showed the collection of Mastropietro's body parts — including her severed head — on a medical examiner's table, though news outlets have pixilated the shirt, so those details have not been confirmed. Police discovered the victim's blood-stained clothing at the drug dealer's residence, though he testified at his murder trial that she had died of a heroin overdose.
In addition to the brazen t-shirt, Verni also confronted Oseghale at the appeal proceedings, nearly resulting in a physical altercation. After the mother and murderer were separated, Oseghale shouted at Verni, "Tell me! Tell me what you want," while Verni repeated, "Enough judicial oppression!"
Oseghale has already been convicted of rape, murder, and destruction of a body and sentenced to life in prison, including 18 months of solitary confinement. However, he is now appealing the rape conviction, claiming he never sexually assaulted the young woman before murdering her. If the rape conviction is overturned, his sentence will almost assuredly be reduced.
"I wonder what is the point of re-prosecuting Oseghale, questioning sexual violence and opening up the possibility of a sentence reduction," Verni stated. "Did he not exercise enough violence to merit life imprisonment? Anyone who saw those images knew that if they were made public they would shake consciences."
Verni also insisted that Oseghale is not the only person responsible for her daughter's horrific death: "There were other people with Osenghale the day he killed Pamela. I feel that no one is being investigated. No one is looking for these men."
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