Mother kills son who caught her sleeping with his grandfather

A mother in Italy has been
sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing her 8-year-old son with
electric cables, but the motive is almost as shocking as the crime: her
son had caught her having sex with his paternal grandfather. 
Veronica Panarello
Veronica Panarello, 28, was
sentenced Monday in an Italian court after having been found guilty
of strangling her son, Loris Stival, 8, with electrical cables
and dumping his body in a gully in their hometown of Santa Croce
in Sicily in November 2014, according to reports from Italian
media. Panarello admitted to the crime after first trying to pin Stival’s
disappearance on a kidnapping. She later confessed that the real reason Stival
was murdered was that the young boy had caught her in the midst of a
salacious affair with the boy’s grandfather, her father-in-law. 
International Business Times
reported that in 2014, Panarello told police she had taken
Stival to school the day of the incident and that he had disappeared before she
picked him up at the end of the day. But Italian police began to suspect the
mother was lying after the school’s security footage revealed that Stival had,
in fact, left school in his mother’s care. When confronted with the footage,
Panarello confessed to police that later that day she strangled the boy to
death with electric cables before deciding to stage his disappearance. 
However, Panarello’s confession
came with a bombshell revelation. She said the reason she killed her son
was to conceal her affair with her husband’s father, Andrea Stival. The pair
had apparently been carrying on an ongoing sexual relationship. She told
the court that Andrea Stival had helped to plot the murder.
Stival is being investigated as an
accessory to murder but has not been charged. He has denied the claim
and is threatening to sue his daughter-in-law for slander, according to local
media reports. 
Panarello was sentenced to 30 years
in prison on Monday. Her husband has filed for divorce.  

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