Honduras - Italian man murdered by mob. Five arrested

Five arrested after lynch mob murder of Italian in Honduras

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An Italian man, who allegedly beat a homeless man to death in Honduras, was himself attacked and killed. The 600 strong mob, attacked him with sticks, stones and machetes. The police arrest five suspects.

On Friday, police in Honduras arrested five suspects for their role in killing an Italian man, Reuters reported. More than 600 villagers lynch mobbed him in revenge for allegedly murdering a homeless man, the government said.

Attacked with sticks, stones and machetes

The villagers on Thursday attacked 65-year-old Giorgio Scanu with stones, sticks and machetes at his residence in the town of Santa Ana de Yusguare, in the southern Honduran department of Choluteca, the security ministry said.

They came after Scanu after he allegedly beat a 78-year-old homeless man to death on Wednesday for damaging ornamental plants in his garden. This according to police reports based on complaints from local residents.

“More than 600 angry residents entered the residence and used sticks, stones and machetes to kill the Italian accused of having killed Mr. Juan de Dios Flores,” said Rebeca Martinez, a spokeswoman for the security ministry.

The mob also set fire to parts of Scanu’s residence and a vehicle, Martinez added.

Five arrested

Police arrested five people aged between 19 to 55 for the murder of Scanu, a retired engineer. He had been living in the rural town and has two children and a wife who reside in Tegucigalpa, according to officials.

The authorities said they believe his family are Honduran.

Martinez said authorities are searching for others involved in Scanu’s lynching. Police were present at the time, but could not stop the attack due to the size of the mob.

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