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Thursday 19 April 2018

Italian who killed two Irish women on holidays has his sentence cut

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

AN Italian man who was convicted of killing two Irish holidaymakers in a drunken hit-and-run crash in Rome over four years ago has had his sentenced reduced by two years.

In 2010 Friedrich Vernarelli (36) was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of the deaths of Mary Collins and Elizabeth Gubbins, both 27.

He was ordered to pay €880,000 to the heartbroken families of Ms Gubbins who was from Lisnagry, Co Limerick, and Ms Collins who was from Athy, Co Kildare.

The friends were killed instantly when he hit them at speed on a zebra crossing.

They had been spending a St Patrick's Day break in Rome in March 2008.

Vernarelli has been out of jail since September 2, 2008, after he was allowed out on bail on condition that he remained at home while awaiting trial.

Under Italian law Vernarelli has been allowed to remain out of prison pending an appeal.

So far he has spent just six months on remand.

Irish Independent

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