A 22-year-old female student was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend after she left him, authorities said yesterday according to a report from the Associated Press.
Italian Sara Di Pietrantonio, 22, was burned alive before dawn on Sunday by Vincenzo Paduano, 27, prosecutor Maria Monteleone told reporters.
The suspect first set the victim's car afire, then chased her about 500 meters as she tried to flee, setting her ablaze when he caught up with her.
Investigators said her attacker used a cigarette lighter to set Di Pietrantonio's face on fire after dousing her with alcohol.
Paduano was being held for investigation of premeditated murder, Monteleone said.
An eight-hour interrogation resulted to the suspect's confession to killing her, saying he couldn't accept the fact that the victim left her when she ended their relationship.
Investigation revealed the man, a security guard who had dated the victim for two years, tailed her car and at a certain point along a street on Rome's outskirts forced it to pull over before he killed her.
Surveillance footages captured some of the events, including cars that apparently passed by while the woman screamed in vain for help.
[Photo: Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP]