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Paedophile ‘shot dead by hitmen working for abuse victim’s father’

Italian police believe murder was revenge for teenage victim who committed suicide

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Police in Italy believe that the gunmen who shot a convicted paedophile dead last month were hired by the family of a teenage abuse victim driven to suicide.

In July last year, 45-year-old Giuseppe Matarazzo was walking down a street near his home in Frasso Telesino, when he was shot multiple times from a parked car.

The disgraced former priest had been released from prison weeks earlier, after serving an eleven-year sentence for sexually abusing two girls.

One of the victims, a 15-year-old girl, later hanged herself from a tree near her home due to her “shame”, Reppublica reports.

Police in the province of Benevento, where the killing took place have arrested Giuseppe Massaro, 55, and 30-year-old Generoso Nasta, after tracking down the vehicle used in the assassination.

In a statement, the public prosecutor’s office said it was their belief that the murder was a paid hit, arranged “within the girl’s family”. The teenager’s father is reportedly under investigation.

A probe into the finances of the suspects indicates that they received a payment of several thousand euros before the killing, says Inter Napoli. Both men deny any role in Matarazzo’s death.

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