> ANSA English > News

Prosecutor seeks 20-year jail term for pickaxe killer

Possible motive 'resentment against society'

10 March, 12:31
Prosecutor seeks 20-year jail term for pickaxe killer (ANSA) - Milan, March 10 - Milan prosecutor Isidoro Palma on Monday sought a 20-year jail term for Adam Kabobo, a Ghanian man who killed three people with a pickaxe last year.

The state attorney supported a defense plea of diminished responsibility and asked that the defendant, who has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, spend six years in a clinic after he serves his jail term.

Mada 'Adam' Kabobo went on a rampage with a pickaxe at dawn on May 11, 2013, killing three passersby in an apparently random attack.

The 21-year-old was taken into custody shortly after the attacks in a residential area on the northern outskirts of Milan.

A Milan judge previously found that Kabobo knew what he was doing at the time of the rampage.

The young killer later tried to strangle his cellmate in Milan's San Vittore prison, telling authorities he did it because he was hearing voices.

On Monday, the prosecutor cited as a possible motive for the killings Kabobo's ''resentment against society'' because the immigrant felt alienated.

Palma said the Ghanian immigrant also possibly intended to rob his victims as he stole their cell phones.

Kabobo, he stressed, acted ''with a clear mind''.

A judge has ruled against transferring Kabobo to a psychiatric ward pending the ongoing fast-track trial and against carrying out another psychiatric evaluation.