NewsCO.com.au – Costa Concordia captain’s sentence upheld by Italy court

May 12, 2017

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Francesco Schettino was sentenced in 2015

Italy’s highest court has upheld the 16-year jail sentence given to the captain of the Costa Concordia, which capsized in 2012 killing 32 people.

Francesco Schettino had handed himself in to the Rebibbia prison in Rome after the verdict, his lawyer said.

Schettino was sentenced in 2015 after a court found him guilty of manslaughter, causing a maritime accident and abandoning ship.

The cruise ship capsized after hitting rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

More than 4,000 people were aboard at the time.

Schettino was nicknamed “Captain Coward” by the media, after the coastguard released recordings of him in a lifeboat resisting orders to return to the stricken vessel.

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Prosecutors say he steered too close to the island to show off to a dancer, but he blamed communication problems with the Indonesian helmsman.

The sentence included 10 years for manslaughter, five for causing the shipwreck, one for abandoning the ship before passengers and crew were clear and one month for lying to the authorities afterwards.

Five colleagues were also jailed for up to three years in earlier cases.

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