A woman has been freed from a dungeon where she was kept for 10 years by a man who had previously served time for kidnap.The 29-year-old woman was raped, tortured and forced to give birth to two of his children, police in Italy say.
Aloisio Francesco Rosario Giordano, 52, was taken into custody over the weekend and is being held on kidnapping charges – the second time he’s been held on such charges.
His first victim also fell pregnant twice, but he aborted the baby himself, first by kicking her in the stomach and the second time using a scalpel and a spoon that police said he also used to sodomise her.
He is said to have put his wife’s carer into the dungeon – a basement under a shed at his home in Gizzeria, southern Italy – soon after his wife died.
She was chained to a metal bar next to her ‘bed’ in the rat-infested room where there was no running water or electricity.
She was beaten and raped repeatedly and is now the mother of a nine-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl.
Both children also faced being beaten if they didn’t watch him attacking their mother.
Some of her injuries were so bad that Giordano is said to have tried to patch them up himself, using fishing wire.
They were made to sleep on cardboard for beds and all they had for a toilet was a plastic bucket that was put under a wooden chair.
Police were alerted to the woman’s plight when they saw her son in the back of Giordano’s car when he was pulled over because of the condition of his car.
He was said to be dirty and malnourished; so they asked to see the boy’s home and speak to his mother.
They found the woman clutching her three-year-old daughter and an investigation was launched, uncovering the horrific conditions she was kept in.
She was taken to a secret location after telling police that she had been kept away from the outside world for a decade and hadn’t washed for a year.
Giordano was taken into custody for aggravated sexual abuse and mistreatment.
He was jailed for five years in 1995 for kidnapping, raping and torturing another woman called Maria Rosa, 23, and was released for good behaviour in 1999.
He went home to his wife, who was terminally ill and being cared for by his 19-year-old victim, a Romanian woman who is not being identified.
It was when his wife died that he offered to help his second victim by giving her a place to stay.