Death of an artist

Well- known among the ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity, Amer­i­can artist Ash­ley Olsen moved to Florence to be near her fa­ther. She didn’t ex­pect to die there

Real Crime - - Case Notes -

Ash­ley Olsen was one of many for­eign­ers res­i­dent in Florence, hav­ing moved there to be near her fa­ther, Wal­ter. A keen artist, so­cialite and event man­ager, she was well- known among the ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity. Her body was dis­cov­ered by her Ital­ian boyfriend Fed­erico Fioren­tini on 9 Jan­uary 2016. Ap­palled, Fioren­tini im­me­di­ately called the po­lice.

Fioren­tini had found her body naked and se­verely beaten, hav­ing been stran­gled and left with a frac­tured skull. A cig­a­rette butt and con­dom found at the scene in­di­cated that she had had com­pany shortly be­fore her death. CCTV cam­era footage soon proved some­body had ac­com­pa­nied her home from a night­club that night. DNA ev­i­dence later proved the man to be her mur­derer.

Five days after her body was dis­cov­ered, a sus­pect, Tid­i­ane Chiek Diaw from Sene­gal, was ar­rested. Diaw, an il­le­gal im­mi­grant, ad­mit­ted to hav­ing been with Olsen and that they’d had sex and then fought. But he strongly de­nied hav­ing stran­gled her.

When the case went to trial prose­cu­tors de­manded a life sen­tence. Diaw was con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to 30 years im­pris­on­ment. His fam­ily still deny his guilt.

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