Huntsman admits to killing priest

A 51-year-old huntsman has confessed to shooting and killing a Catholic priest who was asleep in an open field in the countryside around Altamura near Bari last weekend. Mr Giovanni Ardino Converso, poaching out of season, said he mistook the sleeping clergyman for a wild boar and promptly shot his prey.

The priest, don Francesco Cassol, 55 of Longarone near Belluno in Northern Italy (pic. left), had been leading a group of young people around the area on a raid Goum, a kind of spiritual pilgrimage involving walking and fasting around the desolate countryside.

Local Carabinieri were led to the culprit by finding an empty cartridge near the body, which was identified as the kind used for killing wild boars. Interviews with all registered hunters in the area soon led to Mr Converso who owned up to his tragic error of judgement. He is now charged for manslaughter.

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