Why an old 76 year old man would kill his wife of over 50 years is anyone’s guess? I mean after 50 years one would think he would be used to her nagging if that was the case. But this is a sad state of affairs seeing the old bloke struggle in court earlier this year. But get that thought out of your mind, this small retired fruiterer smashed his wife to death 36 times with a hatchet then ridiculously tried to make it look like a robbery gone wrong while he was up the shops. A bit of overkill for a common burglary. As is nearly always the case, the overkill in the ferociousness of the crime leads to a crime of passion, perpetrated by someone very close to the victim…He will now die in jail pretty quickly I would imagine
A RETIRED fruiterer who killed is wife of nearly 50 years with a hatchet was today jailed for 13 years by a judge who described the crime as ‘brutal and horrific’.
The judge said there was no explanation for the killing of Rosa Caruso and there never would be one.
“You have been a decent hard-working man throughout your life,” she told Caruso during sentencing this afternoon.
Justice King said the crime was not only out of character for the killer, but also for the couple’s relationship which had been apparently trouble free.
She set a maximum term of 18 years.
Caruso maintained he and his wife had a good relationship and were looking forward to celebrating their 50-year wedding anniversary later that year.
The jury had heard that Caruso hit his wife in the head with a hatchet 36 times, then ransacked their home without breaking anything, to make it look like a robbery gone wrong.
He claimed he was out of the shops when the attack happened.
But there was no sign of forced entry or foreign DNA or fingerprints at the house.
Prosecutor Christopher Beale told the court that while drawers and cupboards had been opened and bedding and clothing strewn about the house, the scene “didn’t look to the investigators like the work of a genuine burglar”.
Here is what his son, Santo Caruso had to say after the guilty verdict outside court
”It’s a bit of a shock, I didn’t expect this verdict,” he said. ”Not much good can come out of this. My mother is not going to suddenly re-emerge from around the corner. She is still dead.
”Now my dad is in jail and unless they appeal he could spend the rest of his life in jail.”
Asked if he believed his father had murdered his mother, Mr Caruso said: ”The evidence seems overwhelming. My mother was hit 36 times to the back of the head. A normal burglar wouldn’t do that.”
”There is only one person that can convince me 100 per cent. I would have to hear it from my father. They [the jury] have made a decision, but I want to hear it from my father’s lips as a final answer. I asked him every day for two years – he always maintained his innocence.”