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
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.