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Killer's plea for family life 'a final insult'

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

By JEFF WELLS

  • Danilo Restivo was jailed for life for murdering Heather Barnett

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The daughter of a Dorset woman murdered by an Italian double killer has described his fight against deportation on the grounds that it would breach his right to a family life as "the final insult".

Caitlin Marsh was just 11 years old when she discovered the body of her mother Heather Barnett, who was murdered at her Bournemouth home in 2002. Years later she found out that the neighbour who invited her and her brother Terry into his home to wait for emergency services was the man who had bludgeoned Mrs Barnett to death.

Danilo Restivo killed her with a hammer before slitting her throat, mutilating her body and placing clumps of her own and a stranger's hair in her hands. Jailing him for life in 2011 the judge described him as a "cold, depraved, calculated killer' who had murdered to satisfy his sadistic, sexual appetite".

Judges later reduced life to 40 years. The Home Office now wants to deport the 42-year-old to his native Italy but this week a Bradford court was told it would breach his human rights.

Specifically, Restivo says it will mean he cannot stay in touch with his 56-year-old wife Fiamma Marsango, who he met on the internet and lived opposite the flat where Mrs Barnett was killed.

Although police suspected Restivo from the start and 30 women came forward to say they had caught him trying to cut their hair, they only managed to obtain the evidence to convict him when the body of his first victim was finally found in Italy in 2010.

"Danilo Restivo has made myself and my brother's life a misery for nearly 12 years," Cailtin told the Daily Mail. "It started in November 2002 with this man roaming the streets, going about his life as normal, while we waited for the police to tell us who had committed this horrendous and evil crime. For Restivo to now appeal against extradition to Italy is the final insult to our family. After taking our mother, he now claims that he has the right to a family and private life.

"I no longer have my complete family due to him. I will always be missing my mother, and we have also had our privacy taken away from us, by having every detail of our mum's life scrutinised in court for the public to hear."

After Ms Barnett's murder police found Restivo had been linked to the disappearance of Elisa Claps, who vanished from his home town of Potenza in 1993. When her mummified remains were finally found in a church in 2010 police discovered hair in her hands and Restivo's DNA on her blood-stained top.

It was when he spent six weeks in an Italian jail after appealing against that conviction that he discovered conditions were worse than England.

"The cleanliness and hygiene in cells in Italy is not good... there is only one toilet for 15 people and the cells are full of bugs," he said.

He added: "Family plays a very crucial role for me."

The judge reserved the decision on the deportation but dismissed the killer's request for a hearing behind closed doors.

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  • StanStill  |  May 04 2014, 7:08AM

    Just a piece of dog excrement, kick him out, we don't want his type here in the |UK. I wish Ms May would have the guts to ignore these 'human rights' Judges who are mainly sycophants to the EU Court.

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