A horrified mum has found the dead body of her 10-year-old son in her under-bed storage compartment with his nose and mouth taped up and his throat slit.
The crime which took the life of little Matias took place in the town of Vetralla in the Italian province of Viterbo on Tuesday, 16th November.
After 37-year-old Albanian maid Marjola Rapa returned home in the afternoon and found her son dead, she found the boy’s dad in a semi-unconscious state in the next room.
She called the police, and the dad, 44-year-old Polish citizen Mirko Tomkow, was taken to Belcolle Hospital in the provincial capital of Viterbo under arrest for the youngster’s murder.
It is believed he committed the crime despite a weeks-old restraining order against him, banning him from approaching his estranged wife or child, due to violence committed when he was under the influence of alcohol.
According to reports, the man had only recently been discharged from hospital, where he had been hospitalised with COVID-19.
He had been spotted in a ‘confused state’ in front of his son’s school on the morning of the alleged crime.
The police believe he cut his son’s throat with a knife he took from the cutlery drawer in the home in which he used to live with his wife after the boy’s uncle had dropped the youngster home from school.
The police also believe he attempted to pour flammable liquid on a sheet to set fire to the crime scene and possibly also kill himself, but he fell semi-unconscious before he was able to cause the fire.
It is believed he was under the influence of drugs, medication or alcohol, or some combination of the three when he committed the crime, and doctors were reported to be conducting tests to find out.
The boy’s distraught mother was also reportedly taken to hospital to be treated for shock.
As of the last update on Thursday, 18th November, the suspect was not yet in a fit state to be questioned by the police.
Local media including Italy24 News have speculated that the man killed his son as a form of ‘revenge’ on his wife.