31-year-old Luca Traini had told the lower court during his trial that he went on the shooting spree to avenge the killing of Pamela Mastropietro by a Nigerian drug peddler Innocent Oseghele.
The moment he was convicted, Traini’s lawyer filed an appeal. The 12-year sentencing was upheld in 2019. The terrorist then appealed up to the Supreme Court. While his case was in court, Traini’s name surfaced in the March 2019 Christchurch shooting which claimed 51 lives. His lawyer said then that his client condemned that attack.
Traini, a member of Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigrant Lega Party, did not target Oseghale in the attack which left the six Africans severely wounded. Oseghale has since been condemned to life imprisonment for the killing of Mastropietro.
While upholding Traini’s sentencing today, the Supreme court confirmed the right to compensation for victims of the attack and also awarded damages to the municipal council of Macerata as well as the local branch of the Democratic Party, PD which office was targeted during the shooting.