Four migrants reportedly gang-raped and murdered a schoolgirl who abandoned her on a construction site and left her to die.
Desiree Mariottini, 16, from Cisterna di Latina, Italy, was discovered dead in October 2018 after being drugged and raped at a construction site in the San Lorenzo district.
The 16-year-old girl went to an abandoned location used by homeless people to purchase drugs from the four adults, according to a witness.
Narcisa Leon, an Ecuadorian woman who squatted in the abandoned spot, told the court that she discovered the victim lying on a filthy mattress motionless.
She had seen the schoolgirl earlier in the day with the four suspects.
She also said that in a conversation with her, one of the perpetrators, Mamadou Gara, stated that they had given the victim a heavy tranquiliser and that he had "sex with her" then.
The litigation is proceeding.
They are accused of giving the victim a cocktail of drugs before raping her in turn and leaving her to die.
According to Leon, one of the defendants said "better she is dead than us be in prison".
Other people who were apparently squatting at the site knew that the girl was badly hurt, but did nothing after hearing what the suspected drug dealers had said.
Leon claimed that the suspects wanted the teenage girl to die to escape possible jail time.
The four men, Yusif Salia, Mamadou Gara, Brian Minteh, and Chima Alinno, are being tried for the 16-year-old 's rape and death.