A Mafia killer serving a life sentence reportedly bit off and swallowed a prison guard’s finger during a cell inspection.
Giuseppe Fanara is said to have attacked seven guards during a major altercation at Rebibbia prison in Rome when they came to his cell, reports Il Messagero.
The 60-year-old Sicilian mobster is isolated from other prisoners to prevent him from contacting fellow Cosa Nostra members and re-engaging in his illegal operations, as per Italy’s tough 41-bis penal code.
He was one of several mobsters eventually convicted of the killing of celebrated police officer Giuliano Guazzelli in 1992.
Fanara is understood to have bitten off the guard’s little finger on his right hand before it “disappeared”, with prosecutors concluding he had swallowed it, the newspaper reports.
“A search was carried out for the finger but it was never found, which led us to conclude that he swallowed it,” an official said.
He is then alleged to have turned on the other guards and charged at them armed with a broomstick, shouting “I’ll slit your throats like pigs!”
Following the incident in June the prisoner has been shipped out to Sassari prison, a high-security facility in Sardinia.
He faces fresh charges, including aggravated assault and resisting arrest, Il Messagero reports.
Fanara is nine years into his current sentence.
In April, multiple Italian mafia bosses who had 18 months or less left on their sentences were released to house arrest in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
However, a major backlash led authorities to re-think the move.
Fanara’s incarceration came about as a result of an anti-mafia sweep in 2006 across Sicily’s Agrigente region.
He was reportedly given three life sentences and another 18-year term, with his crimes also including killing two brothers who fell foul of the mafia, as well as others during gang wars in the 1990s.