Monday 24 September 2018

Costa Concordia captain loses appeal and must serve 16 year prison sentence

Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino arrives for his trial in Grosseto. Photo: Reuters
Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Francesco Schettino arrives for his trial in Grosseto. Photo: Reuters

An Italian appeals court has upheld the conviction and 16-year prison sentence for the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany in 2012, killing 32 people.

Prosecutors had sought 27 years and three months for Captain Francesco Schettino, but the court kept the original sentence, according to the ANSA news agency.

The stricken Costa Concordia
The stricken Costa Concordia

Both the prosecution and defence appealed against the conviction by a lower court last year.

The prosecution sought to toughen the sentence while the defence argued that blame did not fall solely on Schettino.

The Italian remains free and has one final appeal to Italy's highest court.

Schettino was convicted of manslaughter and causing the shipwreck by colliding with a reef near tiny Giglio island and of abandoning the capsized vessel with people still aboard.

The Costa Concordia sank in 2012
The Costa Concordia sank in 2012

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