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Murder In Italy.

At the Inst assizes ia Spoleto a trial for murder took place under the following circumstances ;—A certain Signor Marcucci, of Spoleto, a gentleman of good property 'and position, called in a physician of the place, one Dr. Domenicis, to attend his only son, who was seriously ill. If, said Marcucci, the young man recovered, Dr., Domenicis should receive 2000 francs ; if, on the other hand, the patient died, Dr. Domenicis should be killed ? It cannot be for a moment seriously contended that such an alternative was accepted in good faith by the doctor. Signor Marcucci, however, proved to be a man of his word, for the lad died* and Marcucci thereupon did kill DoinfenJotsi : He coolly murdered him, with apparently no attempt to concert! 'th#*iici; J The unfortunate physician left.a widow and family behind him. But nd Compunction or pity availed to stay Marcilcei’s hand. And now what does the reader suppose was the sentence pronounced on this barbarous ruffian in an Italian Court of Justice? He was condemned to five years’ imprisonment and the payment of a fine of 25,000 francs to be given as damages to the doctor’s wife. Does any rational human being believe thlit had Marcucci been well convinced that a shameful desth would be th e irtotnrable penalty of his .criihe the life of his •victim would not h»Yoj'; beetv sparefd “ Standard Correspondent,”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 28, 29 November 1879

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Murder In Italy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 28, 29 November 1879