Friday 17 August 2018

Irishman working for salvage firm jailed for stealing Costa Concordia backpack from tragic shipwreck

Jailed for six months

The Costa Concordia sank in 2012
The Costa Concordia sank in 2012
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

An Irishman has been jailed in Italy for stealing a backpack from the wreck of the Cost Concordia cruise ship.

Sean Ruddy (41) received a six month prison sentence and a €200 fine at an Italian court on Saturday after he was caught souvenir hunting from the vessel in November 2013.

32 people tragically died when the Costa Concordia struck a rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany on January 13 2012.

Mr Ruddy was convicted alongside British man David Freeburn (47) for stealing a bag with the Costa Concordia logo on it.

They were detained by Italian police after they were caught on CCTV entering the vessel.

South African men Melvin Lotter (31) and Hendrick Johannes Venter (33) were imprisoned for four months and received a €200 fine each for violating police seals.

All four men had worked for salvage firm Titan Micoperi, who confirmed that they were fired after their arrests.

"The company has taken immediate action to remove (the) workers from the project," the firm said in a statement in November 2013.

The prosecution had requested that Mr Ruddy and Mr Freeburn were jailed for a year and that Mr Lotter and Mr Venter would both receive six months in prison, as well as a €300 fine each.

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