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Saturday, December 5, 2009

"They Couldn't Look us in the Eyes" Said the Family

When an individual is found guilty of committing a crime in a foreign country one should expect that the said individual is to be punished accordingly to the full extent of the law.

We hear in the news of the American young woman sentenced to 26 years in prison in Perugia, Italy, for the murder of her roommate under the strangest of circumstances. Those being that the defendant had a crow to pluck with the victim.

Obviously, we are saddened by the news and think that the outcome is naturally harsh. We are, of course, not privy to the details of the sentencing and we have had no access to the prosecution papers. We do not know what happened on that fateful day/night on Nov. 1, 2007, except that DNA evidence is attached to the case and European media reports on the proceedings.

All very sad and time and resources-consuming for we imagine the parents of the accused - and now charged with the killing - girl must have and have yet to spend a veritable fortune to clear what they call their daughter’s “character assassination.”

It is food for thought. The challenges parents face to bring up their children instilling in them the notion of self-respect and respect towards others and we are sure, telling them that taking another person’s life is a never-never.

It is a double-edged sword that has torn usunder the lives of two transatlantic families - and involved many others - who innocently thought they had sent their children to study abroad and yet find that their children are human and capable of the most atrocious acts. Our hearts go out to all of them.


  1. Still, 26 years for murder is really a light sentence. I heard about the case, but don'[t know the details. I suspect she is guilty, but know that they are appealing the case. Who knows for sure, like you say?

  2. very nicely written. I think often parents of the accused are forgotten and surely they are victims too. I used to work with a mother who turned in her son after he had admitted murder, it must have been the most heart-breaking thing to do...but right nonetheless.