The eldest was about to lose his house, from which the agoraphobic victim had not been coming out for years
Barbara Hum Di Genova’s body remained for two months in the Brossard residence where she lived since 1983 with her husband, Maurizio Di Genova.
Desperate and on the verge of losing his home, a septuagenarian recently admitted to strangling his agoraphobic wife during an episode of psychological distress of infinite sadness. His lawyer told the court that he unfortunately did not find other solutions to prevent his beloved to live the expulsion of the home she had not left for several years.
Since he committed the irreparable, in April 2016, Maurizio Di Genova regrets his gesture every minute that passes, said his lawyer in the Journal .
“His wife misses him enormously,” said M e Marie Kettlyne Ruben in a telephone interview.
The story of this senior couple from the South Shore is overwhelming.
Last month, the 70-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of unpremeditated murder of his wife Barbara Hum Di Genova.
The homicide of the 70-year-old woman was committed in a context of social isolation and immeasurable desperation in which the couple had been living for several years.
Di Genova married Barbara Hum in 1969 at the dawn of his twenties. In 1983, the couple purchased a residence on Tisserand Avenue in Brossard.
For 25 years, Mr. Di Genova worked for the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and then for other small businesses. He earned a good living enough to support himself and his wife, who was unemployed. The couple never had children.
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In 2006, Mr. Di Genova started playing the stock market. He made several risky transactions that made him lose all his savings. The debts accumulated, but the man had to stop working in 2011, because the state of health of his wife deteriorated more and more.
M me Di Genova had a severe alcohol problem. She ate beer from morning till night and ate only once a day. She was so weak that she was unable to go upstairs to sleep in her bed at night.
Her husband had to wear it to take her to the bathroom. The lady remained permanently on the sofa in the living room. Her husband was sleeping beside him in an armchair.
Mr. Di Genova tried to convince his wife to see a doctor, but she has always refused.
Suffering from agoraphobia and acute anxiety, the eldest never left her house. Most of her neighbors have never seen her. She had very few telephone contacts with her family in western Canada.
Mr. Di Genova could only leave the house on very short occasions, otherwise his wife panicked and urged him.
Invoices to pay
In 2016, the man believes that the sky falls on his head. Having only the old-age pension of the government to live, he is unable to pay his bills.
Revenu Québec blocks his bank account, seizes his car and a financial institution issues a seizure notice on his house. A roof was the only thing he could still offer his wife, and they were about to take it away.
Mr. Di Genova feels completely helpless, but does not say a word to his wife to avoid further anxiety. He can not see the light at the end of the tunnel.
On April 15, 2016, he believes that only death can put an end to all this suffering. Without thinking further, he strangles his wife, swallows anti-anxiety tablets and tries to kill himself. But he wakes up in dismay a few hours later.
Di Genova is considering the possibility of a new suicide attempt, but is afraid he will not succeed. Instead, he puts a white sheet on his wife’s body.
Every night, for two months, the man goes to sleep near the one he can not bring himself to leave. He speaks frequently to his wife and watches over his rotting remains.
Mr. Di Genova is no longer coming out of his home and the lawn in front of his residence is abandoned.
On June 24, 2016, a worried neighbor contacted the emergency services. Deployed on the scene, two agents from the Longueuil agglomeration police department make the macabre discovery.
“I must tell you, I killed my wife,” said Di Genova, opening the door to the patrol boats.
The man was charged with murder on the spot. He told his life to the investigators during his interrogation.
“When I listened to Mr. Di Genova’s statement, I saw an individual who was in distress, who needed help and who, in his own mind, did this in order to help his joint, “said M e Sacha Blais, of the Crown at the recent guilty plea of the accused at the Longueuil courthouse.
“Mr. [Di Genova] saw no other solution. He saw very well that the situation of M me [Di Genova] was not going to improve. So for him, it was a certain form of deliverance that he offered to his spouse by committing the acts, “added Marie Kettlyne Ruben, defense, in court.
Mr. Di Genova was automatically sentenced to life imprisonment.
The parties suggested that the septuagenarian be eligible for parole in 10 years, the statutory minimum.
Given the particular circumstances of this case, Superior Court Judge Johanne St-Gelais accepted the joint recommendation.
Specifically, the Magistrate recommended that Correctional Services provide psychological assistance to the accused.
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