"Alessandra is no longer here, my sister is no longer here"

A few words followed by a liberating cry. This is the reaction

of Stefania Matteuzzi

, Alessandra's sister

, killed on the evening of 23 August 2022,

in Bologna,

by her ex

-boyfriend

Giovanni Padovani,

after the Assize Court of Bologna read the

life sentence for the man

. Supported by her lawyer, Antonio Petroncini, and by her two children, the woman left the courtroom without making any statements and without stopping crying. 

Matteuzzi was killed by kicks, punches, hammers and finally hit with a bench. The aggravating circumstances of stalking, the bond of emotional bond, abject motives and premeditation have been confirmed for the former footballer, as requested by the Prosecutor's Office. 

In addition to the life sentence, Giovanni Padovani was sentenced to compensate the family members of Alessandra Matteuzzi and the other civil parties formed in the trial against him for the murder of his ex-partner. In detail, the Court of Assizes of Bologna established provisional payments of 100,000 euros in favor of Stefania Matteuzzi, Alessandra's sister, and the mother of the woman murdered on 23 August 2022, of 10,000 euros for the victim's two nephews and of 5,000 euros for the remaining civil parties, including the Municipality of Bologna.

Compensation will then be added to the provisional amount, to be paid separately.

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Alessandra Matteuzzi and Giovanni Padovani

Also in the room was the mayor of Bologna, Matteo Lepore 

"We would like to say that this sentence does justice to the Matteuzzi family and to all the women of this city who must know that they have the Municipality of Bologna always at their side", said the mayor who wanted to be present at the reading of the sentence which sentenced the former footballer to life imprisonment.

The Municipality was a civil party in the trial. "The institutions were there as civil parties together with all the associations against violence against women - added Lepore - and today is a day, obviously, of great emotion and sadness, but also of certainty of the legal punishment and I believe that This is very important in a country that continually turns its back on women and their lives." 

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Matteuzzi murder: life sentence for the former Giovanni Padovani - hearing on 3 May 2023

The former Padovani: "I wasn't well, I'm in a nightmare"

During the trial, the accused Giovanni Padovani made spontaneous statements before the Assize Court of Bologna.

"I have heard the word life imprisonment, if you believe that everything that was done in the months preceding the crime were normal things, and not abnormal, by a person who in any case had disorders and has disorders. If you think that what happened, that a man who kills a woman with that ferocity is a normal thing, you have to put your hands in your hair and pull them very hard. If you think it was normal then I demand a life sentence, I want to stay every day , now, minute in prison. What happened is very serious, because there is a person who is no longer here. And nothing more can be done. And in here, I wouldn't want to be on the side of the judges because the it's a difficult decision for them. We have all lost, there are no winners or losers", said the former footballer.

"I know the real truth, I wasn't well, because

a person who is well doesn't kill another human being

. It doesn't exist.

I'm in a nightmare

, I'm sorry, this is a bigger burden than prison. When you lose your ability to see things clearly, you commit the irreparable. I had a lot to lose and Alessandra also lost a lot. Nobody wins here today", continued Padovani.

"I entered prison at the age of 26, I have always thought that honesty and transparency pay in life. There is a 26 year old boy who was a footballer and a model and lacked nothing, then there is a 56 year old woman years old, very beautiful and intelligent who is no longer here. What I want to say is that if I was completely lucid and capable I deserve a life sentence. But if you consider that there is something abnormal, anomalous, in the conduct, then no ", concluded the former footballer.