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Writer denies murder despite description in his writings

Nigerian prostitute killed in 'Basic Instinct' case

Writer denies murder despite description in his writings

(ANSA) - Turin, August 29 - An Italian writer accused of murdering a prostitute according to the plot of one of his short stories told a court Wednesday to instead investigate her other clients. Daniel Ughetto Piampaschet was arrested on August 16 in connection with the murder of Nigerian prostitute Anthonia Egbuna. Piampaschet, 34, has denied murdering Egbuna, 20, and dumping her body in the Po river last November. However, police became suspicious when they found his manuscript for a short story that echoes the circumstances of Egbuna's death. They think that Piampaschet, a regular customer of the young prostitute, became obsessively jealous of her. But Wednesday, his lawyer Stephen Tizzani told the court that records show another man also contacted Egbuna frequently, and that an SMS message had been sent from her cell phone as recently as Jan. 2, 2012. Police say mobile phone records show Piampaschet called Egbuna approximately 1,600 times - the last on Nov. 28, which is when they think she was murdered. The case bears a strong resemblance to the Hollywood movie Basic Instinct, in which actor Sharon Stone's character describes an ice-pick murder in a novel which is then committed in real life, making her the prime suspect.

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