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Teen who killed abusive father ‘to save his mum’ facing 20 years in prison
March 10, 2021
A teenage boy has admitted killing his father, but says he did it in a bid to end decades of domestic abuse.
Alex Pompa, 18, stabbed his father 24 times in Collegno, a suburb of Turin, on April 30 last year. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison
Investigators determined that Alex’s father Giuseppe Pompa, 52, had physically and emotionally abused his wife for many years, calling her hundreds of times a day to check up on her whereabouts.
On the night of the crime, Alex and his brother texted their uncle asking for his help because they feared their father would start beating their mother again.
The desperate text message read: 'You are the only one who listens. You have to take drastic action. We’re all risking our lives here.”
Later that night, Giuseppe once more assaulted his wife in a jealous rage – accusing her of having an affair with one of her co-workers because he had seen the man put his hand on his wife’s shoulder.
He is alleged to have thrown a phone at his wife’s face when his son Alex, who was 17 at the time, intervened.
Alex's lawyer Claudio Strata says the defence has over 200 audio files documenting the abuse.
Alex Pompa has been under house arrest at a friend's house in Collegno since the incident, as judges determined that there would be no purpose served by sending him to prison and it would be "too traumatic" for him to return to the family home where the killing occurred.
A psychiatric report requested by the investigating judge Stefano Vitelli had established that Alex was suffering from temporary insanity at the time of the killing due to post-traumatic stress resulting from the violence the family had been exposed to at home.
In June this year, Alex took his final exams remotely. Italian education minister, Lucia Azzolina, called him to offer her support.
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247