November 25, 2020 | Original article by Giuseppe Baglivio | From ilVibonese.it | Translated from Italian
Two life sentences and one 30-year prison sentence. This is the sentence of the Supreme Court against the defendants for the attempted murder and then for the murder of Giuseppe Matina, known as “Gringia”, of Stefanaconi. The trial at first instance took place with an abbreviated procedure which allowed a penalty equal to one third in the event of a conviction. “Discount” which in this case was only worth the failure to sentence to daytime solitary confinement for the defendants who were sentenced to life imprisonment. Life imprisonment confirmed (as decided on appeal) for the brothers: Giuseppe Patania (cl. ’80) and Salvatore Patania (cl. “78), while Saverio Patania (cl. ’76) was sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment. They are all sons of Fortunato Patania. As for Nicola Figliuzzi , from Sant’Angelo di Gerocarne, a collaborator of justice, already on appeal he was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months of imprisonment instead of the 20 years of the first degree of trial.
The Patanias were all accused of the attempted murder of Giuseppe Matina, committed in Stefanaconi on December 27, 2011, while Figliuzzi would have participated in the meetings, together with the principals, in which the ambush was planned and then not successful for reasons beyond the control of the authors. What perpetrators of the attempted murder of Joseph Matina – time husband of Loredana Patania, nephew Fortunato Patania and then moved with the deployment of cousins and Aunt Josephine Iacopetta – were named Cosimo Caglioti of Sant’Angelo Gerocarne, a relative of Patania , and Francesco Lopreiato, for which a separate judgment proceeded together with Alex Loielo, also from Sant’Angelo di Gerocarne, and Alessandro Bartalotta who allegedly warned – according to the accusation – the members of the firing group of the arrival of the victim who he found on board his Fiat 500 along the “Stefanaconi-Varì” provincial road. The accused were also charged with the illegal possession of the shotgun loaded with buckshot with which the attempted murder was carried out. The latest accusation concerned the theft of the car, a Fiat Panda, used for the failed ambush.
The murder of “Gringia”
Joseph Matina , said “Gringia”, was then killed 20 February 2012 and which instigators of the crime were accused all three brothers Patania, while Figliuzzi would have the task of providing killer van used by the action of fire. The murder was allegedly carried out by Arben Brahimi (Macedonian killer who later joined the ranks of collaborators of justice) and Cristian Loielo , from Sant’Angelo di Gerocarne. Francesco and Andrea Lopreiato Patani to would rather have had the task of recovering the killers after the artillery action to bring them to a safe place. The weapons for the ambush would have been provided by Damiano Caglioti, of Sant’Angelo di Gerocarne.
For Arben Ibrahimi, Cristian Loielo, Francesco Lopreiato, Andrea Patania and Damiano Caglioti, the DDA of Catanzaro decided to proceed separately with an immediate judgment. Also in this case the accused are challenged with the accusations of complicity in theft of the vehicles used for the murder and possession of the weapons used to kill Giuseppe Matina.
Offended parties. Injured parties in the attempted murder and murder of “Gringia” are indicated the wife Loredana Patania and the other family members of the victim, namely Domenico, Nazzareno and Caterina Matina (assisted by the lawyer Giovanna Fronte).
Although the fact of blood (murder and attempted murder of Giuseppe Matina) is part of the larger investigation called “Gringia” and is part of the “mafia war” that saw the Patanias opposed to the Stefanaconi clan which would be headed by Emilio Bartolotta – in addition to another feud that saw the Patania opposed to the Piscopisani clan -, the DDA of Catanzaro has chosen to divide what appears to be a single investigation governed by a single thread-conductor into different procedural sections . The process called “Gringia” was thus celebrated in the Court of Assizes in Catanzaro in which other bloody facts are disputed to the same defendants, while for the mafia association it was preferred to proceed with a distinct operation called “Criminal novel” .
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