As soon as he was released from prison Beniamino Zuncheddu He had left on foot to return home. A home that he abandoned at the age of 26 to enter prison, accused of having committed a triple murder in the Sinnai mountains on January 8, 1991. Gesuino Fadda56 years old, the son Joseph Fadaof 24 and the shepherd, Ignacio Puxeddu, 55 people, all from Sinnai, were killed. Fadda’s son-in-law, luigi pinna, 29 years old, a native of Maracalagonis (Cagliari), who later became the main accuser of the accused, was seriously injured. Beniamino’s release was ordered as part of the review process before the Rome Court of Appeal. Lawyer Mauro Trogu He had requested parole. «I have been in prison for 32 years as an innocent and now I am tired of resisting. I want my innocence to be recognized before I die,” said Beniamino Zuncheddu.
He wanted to run away, away from the prison.
“I wanted to run away, get away from that place,” said Beniamino Zuncheddu (video), who ended up in prison as an innocent man and remained behind bars for more than 32 years. «I wanted freedom. He had lost hope, he no longer thought about it. Now I wait for the final acquittal. I have to reorganize my brain a little,” said Uta outside the Cagliari prison, where he received the order to suspend his sentence. Then to Burcei by car, where the party organized in the parish by the inhabitants awaited him. A party country, which has always supported him, to the point that Beniamino received the mayor’s tricolor sash in the packed parish hall.
Benjamin had lost hope.
“Beniamino had lost hope,” says Irene Testa, guarantor of the Sardinian prisoners and treasurer of the Radical Party. «The news of his release came unexpectedly, after a long wait. Nobody expected the release order to arrive on Saturday, when the chancelleries were closed, although we were all fully aware that there was an innocent man in prison for 32 years.” Beniamino, says Irene Testa, “as soon as he had the papers for the order in hand, he quickly gathered his things in a couple of envelopes and left. He was walking towards Burcei. And from the Uta prison to the town it is 40 kilometers. It takes at least an hour by car.”
Zuncheddu was afraid that they would want to bring him back inside
In the car, Beniamino “was afraid that at any moment they would try to take him back inside,” says Irene Testa. In a video recorded in the car that took him home, Beniamino says he is “in the car, just out of prison, happy to return to my town, Burcei.” “Happy, but disoriented – says Irene Testa – they celebrate in the parish of Burcei as if the boss arrived, with fireworks and the mayor’s band.” Appointed in February as guarantor of the Sardinian prisoners, Irene Testa entered the matter in mid-August, during a period in which everyone is on vacation, when lawyer Mauro Trogu sought her out to tell him about her case.
Beniamino could no longer stand prison
«Beniamino was sick and as a guarantor I could go to prison to visit him. I went there immediately on Sunday. Beniamino could no longer tolerate the situation, the review process that had been underway for three years without any news, despite the fact that the wiretapping was clear and unequivocal.”