Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Sad Case Of Sonia Marra #2: Summary Of Known Facts To Release Last Week Of Prime Suspect

Posted by catnip

The Sonia Marra case hits another dead-end (blind alley) (n1).

Umberto Bindella, 31,  accused of the murder of student Sonia Marra who vanished in November 2006, was released the afternoon of 6 February 2010. (n2).

He had always maintained his innocence. (n3)

The Perugia GIP granted a defence request for release of their client (n4),  who had been in prison since 18 December 2009 (n5).

According to one of Bindella’s lawyers, Daniela Paccoi, the GIP had decided the evidence was insufficient (n6). “The evidence has been shown to be quite weak. There is no evidence against Umberto Bindella.” (n7).

“In any case, they found confirmation, elements furnished by Bindella himself, suporting his defence case.” (n8).

The GIP’s decision, following the defence’s formal request for a release from custody for their client, “was handed down due to lack of evidence against Umberto Bindella,” she said. (n9)

Bindella’s other lawyer, Egidi, also expressed satisfaction with the decision. (n10)  Waiting for him outside the prison, besides his lawyers, his parents were also present. (n11)

Bindella’s first words were: “I don’t want to appear banale, but Justice has been done.”  (n12)  “I’m satisfied.” (n13)

The same Justice that Sonia Marra’s family is waiting for. (n14)  They have had no news of the Pugliese student since 16 November 2006. (n15)

She left her apartment in order, and all her things behind. (n16)  Her disappearance is still wrapped in mystery. (n17)


Notes And Bibliography

Numbers refer to the articles quoted from at bottom here.

n1 ““ 4
n2 ““ 1,2,3,4,5,6,
n3 ““ 2,3,4,5,6,7
n4 ““ 2,3,4,5,6,7
n5 ““ 3,5,
n6 ““ 1
n7 ““ 1
n8 ““ 1
n9 ““ 1,3,5,6
n10 ““ 5,6
n11 ““ 1
n12 ““ 1,4
n13 ““ 4
n14 ““ 1
n15 ““ 1
n16 ““ 1
n17 ““ 1

Articles Quoted

1 - Adriano Lorenzoni: “SONIA MARRA. COLPO DI SCENA : SCARCERATO UMBERTO BINDELLA”(Sonia Marra case: Surprise twist ““ Umberto Bindella released) [ Terni in Rete ] 06 February 2010

2 - “Studentessa scomparsa: libero l’accusato”(Vanished student: accused freed) [ ANSA ] 06 February 2010

3 - “Studentessa sparita,accusato libero”(Missing student ““ accused free) [ TGCOM ] 06 February 2010

4 - “Umbria/ Caso Marra, Gip decide scarcerazione Birindella”(Marra Case in Umbria: GIP decides to release Birindella) [ Virgilio ] 06 February 2010

5 - “Studentessa scomparsa a Perugia ““ Torna il libertà  Umberto Bindella”(Student missing in Perugia ““ Umberto Bindella released from prison) [ Unione Sarda ] 06 February 2010

6 - “Studentessa pugliese scomparsa ““ in libertà  sospettato”(Missing Pugliese student ““ suspect free) [ Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno ] 06 February 2010

7 - “SONIA MARRA: TORNA LIBERO IMPIEGATO INDAGATO”(Sonia Marra case: man under investigation freed) [ Telenorba ] 06 February 2010

8 - Erika Pontini: “La scomparsa di Sonia Marra ““ Lettera della studentessa”(The Disappearance of Sonia Marra ““ The student’s letter) [ Nazione ] 02 February 2010

Posted by catnip on 02/10/10 at 03:13 AM in The legal followupsItalian related



It’s reassuring to see Italians being cautious and merciful with this fishy Bindella.

She’s probably dead and Bindella most likely the murderer. However, he may not be, so it’s reassuring that the Italians have released him due to lack of evidence. Truth is not fingerpointing and fear.

If he killed Sonia, he will probably slip up eventually.

Miss Marra’s case seems like a vague shadow of things to come in Foxy Knoxy disaster a year later.

Lovely photos of Specchia beach scene and Sonia’s hometown.

Posted by Hopeful on 02/10/10 at 04:52 PM | #

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