Illegal migrant ‘rapes Italian coronavirus nurse, 48, in terrifying 45-minute ordeal while she waited for a bus home after finishing her shift treating Covid-19 patients’The migrant from Senegal was arrested on Sunday for the alleged rape in NaplesThe incident happened on a bench at the bus stop at 3pm, before police arrived During her ordeal, the nurse called out to another woman but she didn’t hear herHere’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
An illegal migrant allegedly raped a coronavirus nurse in a terrifying 45-minute ordeal while she waited for the bus home after finishing her shift treating Covid-19 patients, according to reports in the Italian media.
The migrant from Senegal was arrested on Sunday for allegedly raping the 48-year-old after she left work at a Naples hospital at around 3pm.
The incident happened at the Corso Arnaldo Lucci Metropark bus stop, just behind Naples’ main train station. Police arrived after about 45 minutes.
During the ordeal on the deserted street, the nurse saw another woman walking past across the road and called out to her but she did not hear.
The incident happened at the Corso Arnaldo Lucci Metropark bus stop (pictured), just behind Naples’ main train station. Police arrived after about 45 minutes
‘He kept repeating ‘let me do what I want or I’ll kill you. Stand still and don’t scream’,’ the nurse told La Repubblica.
‘He was double my size and all his weight was on my back. He got angry because my jeans were too tight and he couldn’t take them off.’
The nurse works in the psychiatry department of the Naples hospital, looking after patients recovering from the trauma of having coronavirus.
The migrant from Senegal was arrested on Sunday for allegedly raping the 48-year-old after she left work at a Naples hospital at around 3pm (file image of an Italian police car)
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Unregistered migrants have worked in fields across the country to protect food supplies, all whilst risking being arrested if caught by police.
‘The food on our table comes from these fields. Now we must hand over those rights which have been denied to those who work in them,’ Peppe Provenzano, minister for the south of Italy, said.
The permits – which won’t give migrants the right to vote – will be valid for six months and will be renewable. They were proposed by the agricultural minister Teresa Bellanova.
The measure could be inserted into a temporary government decree with immediate effect but will be voted on in parliament after 60 days, according to The Times.
Ms Bellanova said that forcing migrants to hide could mean outbreaks of the disease go unchecked. For example one shanty town near Foggia is home to 3,000 farm pickers – but there’s no social distancing, hand sanitiser or masks.
The Pope also seemed to back the message yesterday when he condemned the ‘harsh exploitation’ of migrant farm workers in Italy.
There are also practical advantages to the new measure as 100,000 Romanian pickers who usually travel to Italy every year cannot fly over due to coronavirus travel bans.
She said the incident went on for 45 minutes as she waited for her bus home to Avellino, after getting the subway.
She had arrived early at the Metropark and had an hour to wait because of the reduced transport services due to the coronavirus crisis. She says there was no one around.
She has told how the rapist jumped over a fence and came towards her and grabbed her arm. Thinking she was being robbed, the nurse tried to give him her purse before he told her that wasn’t what he wanted.
She says he threw her on the ground and put his hand over her mouth as she desperately waited for someone to come and help, adding that there are several cameras in the car park.
‘He would put his hands everywhere and get angry because I was defending myself.
‘They use drones to find people who go to the beach despite the Covid emergency. Why don’t they use them to prevent these and other attacks?’, the nurse said.
She told him not to hurt her because she was pregnant, that she couldn’t breathe and that she needed water, and then she told him that if someone came he would be arrested.
But he kept trying to rip her jeans off. She says her back was shattered and her neck covered in bruises. At one point he put his arms around her neck to choke her.
The bus then arrived and when the driver saw what was going on he got out and started shouting. The army had also arrived and surrounded the man, as she sheltered on the bus.
The police – who watched the CCTV footage back – took the woman to the hospital and informed her husband . The nurse says she hasn’t yet gone back to work.
She added that her husband feels guilty and helpless for not being able to protect her and the trauma has overwhelmed the whole family.
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