Pinoy domestic helper detained for 1991 murder of countess in Rome

(SPOT.ph) Winston Manuel, the Filipino domestic helper of the Roman countess Alberica Filo della Torre at the time of her murder in 1991, was recently detained in Rome after being linked to the case, reports Newsbreak.

Citing the newspaper Il Messaggero, Newsbreak reports that Manuel’s DNA was found compatible with the sample found in the bedroom where the countess was murdered. The countess’ Italian neighbor Roberto Iacono was also linked to the case as Manuel’s collaborator. 

According to Newsbreak, the Rome prosecuting attorney and the carabinieri or Italian police detained Manuel for fear that he may try to flee the country. A validation of an arrest is still pending.

The case, one of the most famous unsolved murders in Rome according to Il Messaggero, was reopened three years ago when the countess’ widower Pietro Mattei requested a reinvestigation because of the availability of new technology.

The countess was hit on the head by a baseboard, strangled and then killed in 1991, according to Il Messaggero. She was 42.

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