Avenging husband hunts down and shoots dead driver who killed his wife in a car crash after changing his Facebook picture to Russell Crowe’s rampaging Gladiator
Widower Fabio Di Lello, ‘couldn’t trust Italy’s dysfunctional courts to prosecute his wife’s killer’
Di Lello, 34, fatally shot Italo D’Elisa, then gave himself up to police after putting on Facebook a picture of Maximus Decimus Meridius from the movie, 2000
Italo D’Elisa, 22, killed Roberta Smargiassi, 33, when his Fiat Punto ran a red light into her Yamaha motorbike in summer, 2016
Di Lello tracked his wife’s killer to a cafe in Vasto, Italy and shot him, Monday, then placed the weapon, a 9mm pistol, on his wife’s grave
The avenging husband surrendered peacefully to authorities, Wednesday
Italo D’Elisa faced manslaughter charges over the death of Roberta Smargiassi in last summer’s crash
The avenger: Fabio Di Lello and Roberta Smargiassi, last year before tragedy struck
A vengeance seeking widower channelled Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator before tracking down and shooting dead a driver who killed his wife.
Fabio Di Lello blasted Italo D’Elisa, 22, and handed himself over to police after putting on Facebook a picture of Maximus Decimus Meridius from the 2000 film.
Loving couple: Fabio Di Lello land Roberta in a 2016 photo, before she was hit by a car and died
Roberta Smargiasi was killed when she was hit by a diver runnining a red light while she was riding her Yamaha motorcycle
Roberta Smargiasi bike being examined by cops at the crash site
The art of war: The grieving husband added an image from the film Gladiator before tracking down and shooting Italo D’Elisa
D’Elisa was due to face manslaughter charges after allegedly running a red light and crashing into Roberta Smargiassi, 33, as she was riding her moped last year.
But Di Lello, 34, found him outside a cafe in Vasto, Italy and shot him, police say.
After fatally shooting victim in the town of Vasto in the Abruzzo region, the killer calmly went to a local cemetery and placed the alleged murder weapon on his wife’s grave.
Attorneys for Di Lello, a baker and semi professional footballer, say he was concerned Italy’s dysfunctional courts could let his wife’s killer off.
“Fabio was in shock, he was depressed about the loss of his wife,” said Giovanni Cerella, according to the paper.
“He thought that justice would not be done.
“But I never got the impression that he was planning a vendetta like this.”
Italo D’Elisa was fatally shot on Monday by Fabio Di Lello the man whose wife he killed while running a red light,last year. he was facing faced manslaughter charges but the victim’s husband didn’t trust the justice by the court system
Roberta Smargiassi’s body covered with tarp at the crash site. Her avenging husband Di Lello tracked down and shot dead the man who ran her over, earlier this week
Baker and part time footballer Fabio Di Lello [right], took no prisoners avenging the wrongful death of his wife Roberta Smagiasssi [left]
Gladiator’s main character Maximus Decimus Meridius is best known for the line: “Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife… and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next”.
The 2000 hit film sees the character, played by Russell Crowe, rise through the gladiatorial ranks to avenge the murders of his family. Di Lello then went out and avenged what he saw as the wrongful death His wife Roberta who was killed on her Yamaha bike when D’Elisa allegedly drove his Fiat Punto through a red light, last summer.
Di Lello did not resist arrest on Wednesday. He will likely face murder charges pending the completion of autopsy on the victim.
Anguished onlookers watch as evidence is hauled away from the crash site in Vastro, Italy last summer
He had been due to appear in court on manslaughter charges later this month.
Di Lello was tortured by the thought that justice might not be done and furious that D’Elisa had not apologised for what happened,
his lawyers saidFabio was in shock, he was depressed about the loss of his wife,” said Giovanni Cerella, his lattorney said:. “He had no experience of handling firearms. But his psychological state was very fragile.”