The son of the 91-year-old Italian retiree, found murdered at her home in the Buenos Aires town of Las Lomas de San Isidro, was arrested yesterday accused of being the author of the matricide with a possible economic motive, police and judicial sources reported.
This is Aldo Antonio Di Paolo (65), who had been the person who supposedly discovered the crime, calling the Police and denouncing the lack of a series of jewelry and his mother’s cell phone, María Cristina De Vincentiis (91), when two days ago she was found dead with a knife stuck in her neck.
Di Paolo was investigated yesterday afternoon by the prosecutor in the case, Carolina Asprella, from the Criminal Area of the San Isidro Prosecutor’s Office, before whom, assisted by an official defense attorney, he pleaded “not guilty”, after which he was detained as an alleged author of a “doubly aggravated homicide by the bond and by treachery”, a crime that provides for life imprisonment as the only penalty.
Sources of the investigation revealed that one of the elements that complicated Di Paolo was that the detectives from the Departmental Investigation Delegation (DDI) and the San Isidro Police Station who worked on the case established that between Saturday and last Monday The only person who had entered De Vincentiis’ home had been his son, who lives around the corner, on the same block as his mother, about 150 meters from the crime scene.
It was even determined on Monday afternoon, when Di Paolo left his mother’s house, he did so with a nylon bag similar to the one that was kidnapped last night in the raid and that contained money.
“There is a camera on the block that recorded everything. You see him enter his son on Monday around 6:00 p.m., he stays for about half an hour and comes out, in leather, and with the bag heading to his house, ”revealed a judicial source linked to the file.
The alleged matricide, who according to police spokesmen is dedicated to installing fire-fighting pipe networks and fire extinguishers, had said that Sunday had been the last day he went to visit her.
A CRUEL CRIME
The autopsy established yesterday that De Vincentiis died from a stab wound to the neck that caused hemorrhage and hypovolemic shock.
The murder weapon, a kitchen knife with a wooden handle, originally belonged to the house itself, investigators said.
Di Paolo also told the police that his mother’s house was in a bit of a mess and that the murderer(s) had stolen a series of jewelry and the victim’s cell phone.
The first line of investigation was that of a homicide during a robbery committed by someone who had managed to enter the house. It should be noted that due to the evidence found by the investigators, the defendant will continue to be detained.