Australian tourist killed by a tree in the Madonie, two indicted – BlogSicilia

Two indicted and three plea bargains. This is the outcome of the preliminary hearing today in Termini Imerese on the story of the Australian tourist hit on 1 October 2018 by a collapsed tree in the Fegotti district in Geraci Siculo in the heart of the Madonie Park.

Biagio Sabatino, 62, from Petralia Soprana, defended by the lawyer Vincenzo Lo Re Maria Cucco, 56, from Castelbuono, defended by the lawyers Stefano Polizzotto and Rosa Garofalo, were indicted.

Giuseppe Abbate, 62, from Castelbuono, defended by the lawyer Giuseppe Minà, one year and eight months, Giacomo Fiorentino, 59, from Geraci Siculo, defended by the lawyers Teresa Re and Romano Fiasconaro, agreed to one year and eight months, and one year and two months for Gaetano Antista, 51, from Geraci Siculo, defended by the lawyer Giuseppe Chichi.

The sentences were suspended for all three.

For the two indicted, the first hearing is set for February next year. The two are accused of manslaughter.

The five then employed in a project of conservation and pruning work in state-owned forests. Biagio Sabatino, construction manager, Maria Cucco, site inspector, Giuseppe Abbate, foreman, Giacomo Fiorentino, team leader, Gaetano Antista, chainsaw operator. Victim Diane Christine Palmer, 67, and her husband, Steve Rodgers Wilson, both Australian doctors from Melbourne, loved to travel.

They were on holiday in Sicily and had chosen to take an alternative tour of Sicilian destinations. Just on the last day, before returning to Australia, an excursion in the Madonie Park was planned. As they walked along the path, they heard noises and suddenly tragedy struck: the woman was overwhelmed by a falling tree.

A forestry team was, in fact, cutting down pine trees. The victim was transferred by helicopter to the Villa Sofia hospital in Palermo but died after 44 days on 14 November.

The victim’s husband, assisted by the lawyers Alessandro Palmigiano, and Raffaele Bonsignore, claimed from the outset that no work in progress had been reported. The investigation was conducted by the carabinieri of the Petralia Sottana operational unit.

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