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Indians Abroad

Indian man stabs his ex-wife to death in Italy
PTI
Rome, April 09, 2013
First Published: 19:00 IST(9/4/2013)
Last Updated: 19:03 IST(9/4/2013)

An Indian-origin man has been arrested in Italy for murdering his Italian ex-wife and her teenage daughter in a village south of Rome following a fight over a monetary deal that was struck at the time of marriage, media reports here said.


37-year-old Kumar Raj confessed to have fatally stabbed his 56-year-old ex-wife Francesca Di Grazia and her 19-year-old daughter Martina Incocciati in their home in Flora village in Central Italy last Saturday.

Kumar and Di Grazia were married in Kurukshetra in Haryana in December 2008, but no longer lived together.

As Di Grazia's husband, Raj obtained Italian citizenship and agreed to pay her 8,000 euros in instalments of 150 euros, Italian newspaper 'Quotidiano Nazionale' reported.

Kumar worked as a labourer at construction sites in Italy.

According to him, Di Grazia had recently been nagging him for ever-bigger chunks of the cash.

On Saturday morning last week, a dispute over money turned

violent and he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the throat.

The dispute awakened her daughter. The result was a scuffle during which Martina managed to injure Kumar, but was later stabbed to death, the report said.

The weapon was found by police in a canal not far from her apartment.

"I was exasperated - they kept asking me for more and more money," Raj, 35, told police during questioning, a local newspaper reported.

After the incident Kumar returned to nearby town of Neptune, where he told his roommate that he was injured in an accident.

But, Kumar was soon tracked down by the local police via cell phone records.

He was arrested on Sunday in nearby Aprilia. Just hours after his arrest, Kumar confessed to the double murder during interrogation before magistrate Giuseppe Miliano.


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