‘Rage’ costs politician his job

The Province
October 5, 2012

The Daily Telegraph

A member of Silvio Berlusconi’s party has been forced to resign after being caught slashing the tires of a car owned by a disabled man.

Antonio Piazza handed in his resignation with extreme reluctance, saying his actions were the result of “a technical error, due to a momentary fit of rage”.

The trouble started when Piazza parked his Jaguar in a space reserved for disabled drivers in Lecco, a town on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy.

He was challenged by Giuseppe Scud-eri, a local man with 85 per cent disabilities, who politely asked him to vacate the spot. An argument ensued, the disabled man called the police over what he described as “a question of civility” and the politician was given an on-the-spot fine of about $102.

But half an hour later he sneaked back, pulled out a knife that he reportedly always carries, and slashed the tires of the disabled man’s Renault. His covert attack, in late August, was captured on security cameras and also witnessed by office workers.



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