CATANIA – He would not have had any remorse of conscience. And he would have been relentless on the victims, to the point of making them die, in order to earn less than a hundred euros. This is how Davide Garofalo is described, sentenced to life imprisonment for suspicious deaths in an ambulance in Biancavilla, by the Court of Assizes of Catania presided over by judge Sebastiano Mignemi. The reasons for the sentence are explained in just over 80 pages.
“Davide Garofalo did not give up on the matter even if one of the victims had survived the first blows of air, relentlessly on the same until he completed his criminal program”, writes the Court. The stretcher bearer is one of the two defendants (Agatino Scalisi is facing the abbreviation, ed) accused of causing the death of some terminally ill patients from venous gas embolism through air injections.
The judges of the Assizes have reviewed testimonies, wiretaps and also the opinions of the medico-legal consultants on the “method” used to kill.
The Court found the accounts of the witnesses and the only eyewitness to be verified. The police investigation starts from a statement by the journalists of Le Iene (in 2017) who collected “the testimonies of Luca Arena, owner of a funeral home in Biancavilla and his employee Alfio Sangiorgio”. The two told “that during the transport aboard the private ambulance of the hospital of Biancavilla to the homes of the victims, some terminally ill patients – the judges reconstruct – were killed by injections of air into a vein carried out through the needle cannula that had been applied to them for therapeutic purposes and this in order to gain the remuneration provided for the dressing of the bodies and any additional sum received in the case of procurement of the funeral by the same company or another company and the additional sum paid by family members for the transport of the deceased who would have been the object of division among the clans “.
The key witness is Alfio Sangiorgio, the eyewitness who immediately confided in Luca Arena. And then, having listened to the trial, he told what he saw. On one occasion “he saw Davide Garofalo inject the air into the vein of the unsuspecting patients being transported” and allegedly “tried to stop him” but explained “that he was silenced” because the accused said “he needed the money”
For the Court, the narrative is “coherent, spontaneous, constant, linear and detailed”. And also there would be no “grudge” as highlighted by the defense. Which revered the friction that would have existed between the witness and the accused from a professional point of view. “He would have replaced him in the service aboard the ambulance, thus stealing the money for the clothes”, summarize the judges, who however believe that the testimony is not animated by any form of “rancor”.
Sangiorgio’s version for the Court would also be confirmed by the statements of the brothers Luca and Giuseppe Arena, the two also collected the “confidences of Garofalo”.
For the Court, the fact that the two owners of the funeral home before talking to the judicial authorities decide to reveal this aspect to the journalists of Le Iene would not matter: behind there was the fear of “provoking the reactions of the clans mafiosi who had imposed the presence in their company of Garofalo (behind there were Nino Quaceci and the clan of Adrano) and of Scalisi (behind there were Pippo Amoroso and the clan of Biancavilla) ”. “Denouncing meant denouncing the whole system”, summarizes the Court.
Luca Arena also said that “the first person to tell him what happened was the defendant, who also revealed a particular macabre: telling him that the victim was” hard to die “and that he had to practice more injections” .
The revelations (“further evidence”, writes the Court) from justice collaborator Valerio Rosano, son of one of the leaders of Adrano’s mafia family, also closed the puzzle.
The repentant “reported that he had met Garofalo – summarize the judges of the Assizes – while he was busy arranging a body during a funeral held in Adrano in 2011 and that to his proposal to help him he replied that he was killing one hundred euros people by stunning them while being transported by ambulance with steering strokes in order to make them arrive home already dead ”. Rosano specified that “in the course of the conversation he had tried to minimize by saying that he was joking”.
The collaborator then talks about the agreements that would have existed between the Biancavilla and Adrano clans after the release of Alfredo Maglia (killed in 2014) regarding the transport of patients to the Biancavilla hospital. And he specified that the only company starting from 2013 admitted to “work at the Biancavilla hospital” was that of Arena.
When Le Iene broadcast the report on suspicious deaths, concern arose among the clans. At least this is what Rosano tells once again.