In the era of clickocracy, and of a thousand referendum on the most disparate issues, a collection of signatures could not be missing also for Walter Onichini. The butcher from Legnaro, in the province of Padua, is in the Venice prison: accused of having shot a thief who was trying to steal his car, he received 4 years and 11 months in prison. He will have to serve them behind bars. In his defense, Fdi sided, with several deputies at work to study the practice and advance any request for pardon to Mattarella. And also Matteo Salvini, who went to visit him behind bars, said he was ready to consult with Colle. Online, meanwhile, the signatures of citizens who would like to see him free soon increase day by day: “Those who defend themselves from an attack should not be tried but defended”, says Loris. And Priscilla adds: “I am signing because in a normal country a person who defends his family and possessions does not deserve to be in prison”.
The campaign of collecting signatures on change.org is an idea of Linen Ricchiuti, Deputy Head of the Business and Productive Worlds Department of Fratelli d’Italia. After seeing Onichini crossing the threshold of the prison, Ricchiuti told Giornale.it, “the first instinctive reaction was to publish my indignation on social media as I consider it an unfair sentence, but I was aware that I was only expressing my thoughts . It was the reaction and comments of thousands of users to my post that prompted me to ask myself what else could be done to prevent the light from going out on this story ”. Hence the idea of asking the pardon of Mattarella. “The President in this way would not cancel the sentence – adds Ricchiuti – but it would be an act of clemency towards a hard worker, a good husband and father of a family. I hope that Walter can return to his family soon ”.
To date 2,292 people have married the version of Onichini, which however is not that of the judges. Last week, the Supreme Court confirmed the sentences inflicted in the first and second instance. The facts are now known. The butcher one night on July 22, 2013 pinches a thief who, having entered the courtyard of his house, tries to steal his car. Awakened with a start, with a wife and child at home, Onichini looks out the window and discovers the bandits. He goes for the shotgun, shoots and hits Elson Ndreca, 22 year old Albanian. The damage of the hundred pellets found on his body is important: rupture of the spleen, of the left kidney, gastric perforation and then multiple head, thoracic and abdominal wounds. After firing, Onichini goes down to the garden and tries to clean the blood stains, loads the wounded man in the trunk of the car and decides to abandon him in a canal. From there, the long judicial process. Ndreca gets away with 3 years and 8 months in prison, almost not at all obvious. What’s more: expelled from Italy, he returned a couple of times with the permission of the commissioner to testify in the trial. But today he basically lives as a free man. Onichini instead comes sentenced in the first instance and then on appeal, with a sentence finally confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Salvini went to see him in prison yesterday. “It is my duty, because some judge should read the law on self-defense that we have approved ”, said the leader of the League recalling the law of March 2019 on which the butcher had hoped to be able to count. Salvini is ready to ask Mattarella for pardon “in respect of the roles, but in the name of many”. Like thousands of Italians, convinced – rightly or wrongly – that Onichini should not remain in his cell.