A vicious mum who brutally murdered her eight-year-old son after he allegedly discovered she was having a sexual affair with his grandfather has been jailed.
The accused, Veronica Panarello, received a 30-year jail term for murdering her son because he discovered she was having an affair with his grandfather.
Panarello throttled her son Loris Stival with electrical cables and abandoned his body in a remote gully after she claims he caught the pair having sex, reports Italian media.
Panarello, 28, had tried to pretend her son had been abducted to cover up the horrendous killing in November 2014, thereby telling lies to the police that the boy had been kidnapped.
She said she had taken Stival to school but was not seen as for the time she went back to get him in the afternoon.
However, officers started to sense something fishy after CCTV footage showed that she had not dropped him off at school that day.
The boy’s body was eventually found by a hunter. He had suffered a severe head wound.
The “manipulative” mum wept as she was jailed for 30 years at a court in Italy on Monday.
When Panarello confessed that her son had been killed, she blamed her husband’s father Andrea Stival.
She told an earlier hearing that he had helped to plot and then carried out the murder because Loris had caught them having sex.
Stival is being investigated as an accessory to murder, reports Italian media.
Meanwhile, her husband has now filed for divorce.