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Nigerian man jailed for 19 years in Italy for killing friend over food

25-year-old Nigerian man identified as Evans N. has been sentenced to 19 years and six months imprisonment for killing another Nigerian, 34-year-old Emeka N. in Italy.

It was gathered that Evans stabbed his fellow country man to death during a fight in the informal camp of Borgo Mezzanine, in the southern region of Puglia, in October 2020.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, investigations carried out by police officers from Foggia and Manfredonia showed that the two men started to fight at a restaurant in the tent camp.

Sources close to the investigation said the alleged killer, Evans went to eat at the restaurant where Emeka worked around 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 27 when they started fighting in the restaurant over the food served.

The men then allegedly walked out of the restaurant and their fight became violent.

Investigators alleged that the murder suspect then walked back into the restaurant to get a kitchen knife which he used to stab the victim.

The victim was said to have suffered two fatal stab wounds – one to the chest and another to the throat.

Evans was charged with voluntary manslaughter, and prosecutor Roberta Bray had requested a 19-year prison term.

The defendant’s attorney claimed her client had acted in self-defense or, insubordination, that he had committed involuntary manslaughter.

During the trial, the defendant told the court that he did not intend to kill his friend.

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