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28-year-old Footballer and model jailed for life for beating his ex to death with a bench, baseball bat and hammer

Giovanni Padovani, 28, is jailed for life for stalking and beating his ex-girlfriend,Alessandra Matteuzzi, 56, to death with garden furniture (Picture: Instagram)

An Italian footballer has been jailed for beating his ex-girlfriend to death with a hammer, baseball bat and a bench after she reported him for stalking.

Giovanni Padovani, 28, was handed a life sentence for murdering Alessandra Matteuzzi, 56, outside her home in August 2022 in Bologna.

Alessandra was on the phone to her sister Stefania who heard her screams as she was beaten with a hammer, a baseball bat and eventually a bench Padovani had picked up.

The former centre-back, who played for Sancataldese and is also a former model, ambushed Alessandra after his team told him to stay away from a training session.

Stefania told a local TV station: ‘She got out of her car and started screaming, “No Giovanni, no, I beg you, help.”

‘I was on the phone. I immediately called the [police] who arrived straight away.’

After the pair broke up, Padovania bombarded her with messages and calls, prompting her to report him for stalking.

But he continued to sabotage her car, disconnect her meter from outside the house and even tried to climb up her balcony.

A neighbour said: ‘She was very afraid of him because he had become persistent and she didn’t want to let him in the house.’

Padovani tried to tell the court he was not in a fit state of mind at the time of the attack.

He said: ‘If I was completely lucid and capable I deserve life in prison. But if you consider that there is something abnormal, anomalous, in the conduct, then no.

‘I wasn’t well, because a person who is well doesn’t kill another human being. I’m in a nightmare, I’m sorry, this is a bigger burden than prison.’

Stefania burst into tears as she left the courtroom, saying: ‘Alessandra is no longer here, my sister is no longer here.’

Bologna Chief Prosecutor Giuseppe Amato denied accusations of judicial negligence after many claimed the justice system failed to protect Alessandra.

He said the investigation into Alessandra’s stalking complaint was paused as witnesses were on holiday.

‘We did what we could,’ he said, saying at the time it seemed to be ‘the typical conduct of bothersome stalking’.

Credit: metro


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