Two Italians get life term for murdering friend

July 24th, 2011 - 1:07 am ICT by IANS  

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), July 23 (IANS) An Uttar Pradesh court here Saturday awarded life sentence to two Italian nationals, including a woman, for killing their friend and compatriot, a lawyer said.

Francesco Montis, 28, was found dead in February 2010 in a hotel in Chetganj locality of Varanasi. His body was recovered from a hotel room which he shared with his two friends Elisa Betti Boncompagni and Tommaso Bruno.

The court of additional district judge sentenced Boncompagni and Bruno to life imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs.25,000 each on them.

“The victim’s post-mortem revealed that the death was caused by asphyxia as a result of strangulation. Police arrested Boncompagni and Bruno suspecting their involvement in the killing,” government counsel Anil Singh told reporters in Varanasi, some 300 km from state capital Lucknow.

“During investigations it was revealed that the murder was a fallout of love triangle,” he added.

According to police, during investigations it came to the fore that Montis loved his woman friend Boncompagni. However, as she and Tommaso were in mutual relationship, they killed Montid.

Montis, Boncompagni and Bruno worked in a hotel in central London. They had come to Varanasi as a part of their India tour.

While Montis was a drummer in the hotel, Bruno worked as a waiter and Boncompagni as a receptionist.

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