“I used to play with Fatima on the balcony. I threw it in the air and took it back, with mum watching us from below. I don’t know how it could have happened… “. This is the statement made to the judge for the preliminary investigations of Turin, Agostino Pasquariello, during the guarantee interrogation, by Mohssine Azhar, the 32-year-old arrested for the death of a three-year-old girl who fell from a building in the center of Turin. The man, assisted by the lawyer Alessandro Sena, admitted that he had drunk a few glasses and had taken hashish, but reiterated that he “had not lost lucidity”, until he realized that the child had fallen.
The little girl would have reached the house of her stepfather by herself, which is located above the one where she lived with her mother, with the pajamas and non-slip socks on her feet. The man, who was drinking with some friends, he would take her in his arms and go to the balcony to greet Mum Lucia, downstairs on the balcony. Then that tragic game, in front of the mother’s gaze. The first person who intervened on the spot, a young woman who works in a business near the building, said that before the thud she heard a man and a woman talking, perhaps shouting in a foreign language.
The pm Valentina Sellaroli ha asked for the validation of the detention for voluntary homicide with possible intent and the precautionary measure. Mohssine’s defender, Alessandro Sena, asked to change the crime hypothesis into manslaughter and therefore the non-validation of the arrest and no precautionary measures, as there is no danger of escape. According to the lawyer the suspect “there is no peace. Now that he is alone he is metabolizing the tragedy – claims the lawyer – and he is upset. Let’s not forget that he learned of the death of the child, whom he loved as a daughter, a few minutes before being questioned by the prosecutor“.