About 600 people armed with sticks, stones and machetes kill Giorgio Scanu, who they accused of having murdered a homeless man
Two crimes in a row shock Honduras, where the lack of action by the security forces has led the inhabitants of a town to take justice into their own hands. It happened on Thursday in the community of Santa Ana de Yusguare, in the southern department of Choluteca. About 600 people armed with sticks, stones and machetes killed Giorgio Scanu, a 65-year-old former Italian footballer who has settled in the Central American country for two decades, after accusing him of the murder of Juan de Dios Flores, an 80-year-old homeless. that he suffered from mental problems. The Honduran Police have arrested five people involved in the lynching and do not rule out that the number will increase.
An angry mob surrounded Scanu’s house and several locals entered his home to finish off the transalpine man. They also set fire to the residence and his vehicle. Local media released videos about the break-in at the house, as well as other images showing half a dozen people attacking him while Scanu crawls around in blood. The former athlete later died in a local hospital from bruises he received.
“The Public Ministry from the videos has identified certain people and it will be verified who were directly responsible,” said the lawyer of three of the detainees, Dilenia Herrera. The lawyer added that the crime is classified as “murder” because there was “treachery, premeditation and the aggravating circumstance that there were more than three people” who participated in the crime.
Dispute over a flower
The origin of these violent behaviors takes place the day before, on Wednesday. According to the locals, Scanu assaulted Juan de Dios Flores, a homeless person, to death. Antonio Gómez, his brother and father of one of the detainees, assured that “there were witnesses who saw that the Italian was following with a bar” through the town to kill his brother because he had uprooted a plant planted on the sidewalk of the foreigner’s house . The event, according to local media, was recorded by security cameras. According to Gómez, they asked the police to arrest Scanu for the murder of his brother but there was no result, so the people took justice into their own hands.
Scanu, who was nicknamed ‘The Terror’ for his tough play as a footballer, belonged to the Italian teams of Santa Giusta, San Vero Milis, Nurachi and Riola years ago. After leaving Sardinia more than two decades ago, he settled in Honduras.
After the crime, it was revealed that Flores was not the only Honduran who would have suffered attacks at the hands of the Italian. In that sense, local media affirm that a woman was injured some time ago for allegedly having touched her garden. “On one occasion he shot the young woman and also wounded another passerby with a knife. As far as I understand relatives and citizens got tired of his behavior, “explained the mayor of the town, Edas Turcios, about the victim.
The local councilor also stated that Scanu did not get along with the community. Apparently, the transalpine did not allow vehicles to be parked in front of the pavement of his house. “Nor did it allow people to pass” through the same area. “It was very violent and people felt that the police did not protect them,” said Turcios.