By Tara Rippin • 17 December 2018 • 17:55
TWO men have been given six years in prison for the murder of Martina Rossi in Mallorca, seven years after her death was officially recorded as suicide by a court in Palma.
The National Police did not find any evidence of criminality after the 20 year-old Italian tourist after the student fell from a sixth floor balcony in Cala Major at 7am on August 3, 2011, and magistrates reportedly ‘shelved the matter’.
But Martina’s family were not convinced, and with the help of an Italian lawyer, managed to convince the prosecution in their own country to open an investigation in 2012.
As a result, two Italian males, Alessandro Albertoni and Luca Vanneschi (both 27), who were also holidaying at the same hotel, were found guilty of trying to rape Martina, who in a ‘desperate attempt to escape’ unsuccessfully tried to jump onto the balcony of the next room and died.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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