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Manservant's 16-year sentence upheld for murdering countess

Cold case reopened after 20 years

Manservant's 16-year sentence upheld for murdering countess

(ANSA) - Rome, October 9 - The Filipino former manservant of an Italian countess killed in 1991 has had his 16-year sentence for murder upheld by an appeals court in Rome. The case of Countess Alberica Filo della Torre was one of Italy's most celebrated cold cases before it was reopened on DNA evidence last year, and ex-manservant Manuel Winston confessed. After years of inaction, the Filipino was put in the frame by DNA taken from a bloodstained bed sheet and from his trousers. Prosecutors, who had asked for a life sentence, said the countess, a well-known Roman socialite, intended to report Winston for theft and he reacted by killing her on July 10, 1991.

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