Date
24 November 2017
Francesco Schettino in court during his trial in an Italian court on Wednesday. The former captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia was given a 16-year jail sentence over his role in the 2012 shipwreck Photo: Reuters
Francesco Schettino in court during his trial in an Italian court on Wednesday. The former captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia was given a 16-year jail sentence over his role in the 2012 shipwreck Photo: Reuters

Costa Concordia captain jailed for 16 years over 2012 shipwreck

The former captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia was on Wednesday sentenced to 16 years in prison over the 2012 wreck of the luxury liner that killed 32 passengers and crewmembers. 

A court in the Italian town of Grosseto convicted Francesco Schettino on multiple charges of manslaughter for causing the shipwreck and abandoning his passengers, Reuters reported.

Schettino was commanding the 290 meter-long vessel when it hit rocks off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012.

The captain was accused of taking the liner too close to the shore and then abandoning ship with passengers and crew still on board.

The disaster set off a chaotic night-time evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew.

Schettino was given 10 years jail for multiple manslaughter, five years for causing the shipwreck and one year for abandoning his passengers. He also received a one month civil penalty for failure to report the accident correctly.

Schettino denied the charges and said he was being made a scapegoat. He wept during his final testimony on Wednesday but did not return to the court to hear the verdict, the report said.

Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 26 years for Schettino after severely criticizing him for his handling of the disaster. 

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