Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
5 Mar 2021
5:46 pm

Reason for businessman killing his wife and father plague judge

Bernadette Wicks

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng has tried to make sense of former Bank of Athens treasurer Vincenzo Pietropaolo crimes, for which he seemingly shows no remorse.

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Despite having last year found Vincenzo Pietropaolo guilty of murdering his elderly father and estranged wife, it’s clear the unanswered question of why the former Bank of Athens treasurer did it still plagues Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng. The case came before Mokgoatlheng, sitting in the South Gauteng High Court, for arguments ahead of sentencing on Friday, when social worker Anette Vergeer took the stand for the defence. In her evidence, she described Pietropaolo’s upbringing as modest but said his parents - who immigrated from Italy to South Africa when he was just a boy - worked hard to ensure it was...