A jealous boyfriend who set his heavily-pregnant girlfriend on fire after she said she was leaving him for another man has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.
Polo Pietropaolo left Carla Caiazzo disfigured after the sickening attack, which happened in February after she said she did not want to be with him.
He wanted to damage her ‘beautiful face’, he said, so that no one else would want her.
Carla Caiazzo was left disfigured after the sickening attack, which happened in February after she said she did not want to be with Polo Pietropaolo
Pietropaolo strangled his girlfriend after she said she was leaving him, and said he wanted to disfigure her so that no one else would want her
Amazingly their baby, a girl named Giulia Pia, survived the ordeal against the odds.
The 42-year-old attacked Caiazzo on February 1 in the city of Formia located in the province of Latina on the Mediterranean coast of Lazio in Italy, between Rome and Naples.
He has also been banned from having any contact with the little girl.
Carla Caiazzo gave birth to her baby while suffering 50 per cent burns to her body, the court heard
During the trial Caiazzo, 38, relived the attack. She said he assaulted her after hearing she had been invited out on a date: ‘He was strangling me and I was just kept saying “Polo, please, the baby girl, the baby!”‘
She said she lost consciousness while her body was devoured by the flames.
She was saved by a neighbour who had heard the fight, and rushed her to hospital.
Caiazzo gave birth to her baby while suffering 50 percent burns over her body.
The court heard that he was arrested after he crashed while fleeing near the Garigliano bridge in the city of Formia
Pietropaolo was accused of stalking, attempted forced abortion and attempted murder.
The court heard that he was arrested after he crashed while fleeing near the Garigliano bridge in the city of Formia.
He was found to be driving under the influence of drugs and confessed to police: ‘I screwed up. She betrayed me.’
Judge Egle Pil ordered Pietropaolo to pay 250,000 Euros (£212,325) to Caiazzo and 50,000 Euros (£42,482) to his daughter on top of the prison sentence.