A father and his five-year-old daughter were burnt alive after he poured petrol across them and held the girl down on the car back seat in front of her mother.
The 48-year-old man, whose identity has been revealed and his young daughter died in front of the distraught mother in Pescara, Central Italy.
The mother sustained second-and third-degree burns in trying to save her daughter from the flames.
The couple split up last year – they had lived with the girl and the woman’s three daughters from a previous marriage, Rai News said, reported The Local.
After their split the woman reported her partner to authorities for abuse and told them that he was violent and was trying to prevent their daughter having a relationship with her three half-sisters.
In October a court ruled he could only see his daughter once a week after he was found guilty of abuse. It ruled the visits must be conducted with a social worker present.
In violation of the court, the couple met with their daughter this week and the tragedy occurred.