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Italian confesses to burning homeless man alive over love row

CCTV footage showed the assailant being nearly engulfed by the blaze
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CCTV footage confirmed the assailant being practically engulfed by the blaze

An Italian who fatally set hearth to a homeless man has confessed to homicide, saying he was motivated by jealousy.

Giuseppe Pecoraro admitted pouring petrol on Marcello Cimino and setting him alight exterior a mission run by Capucin monks in Palermo, Sicily.

Mr Pecoraro, a petroleum pump attendant, thought the sufferer was pursuing his spouse, native police stated.

Video footage captured Mr Pecoraro pouring a bucket of petrol on Mr Cimino’s bedding whereas he slept.

Neighbours reported listening to Mr Cimino screaming in ache. He died earlier than emergency companies arrived.

The attacker burned his arms within the blaze. He was arrested on Saturday, lower than 24 hours after the crime.

He instructed police he had burned his arms on a espresso maker, Italy’s La Repubblica reported, however later confessed to homicide.

Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando described the homicide as an “act of pure barbarism” and stated he would decrease the city corridor flag to half-mast.

La Repubblica obtained leaked video footage of the crime, prompting a separate police investigation into the leak.

Mr Pecoraro has been charged with homicide.