Raffaele Sollecito Scissor Attack Myth
From the pro-guilt wiki: Volturno also traveled to Bari to investigate a previous attack by Sollecito. Volturno informed the court that a confidential informant told the police that Sollecito had attacked a girl with scissors in high school. Volturno testified that the Dean of the school informed him that Sollecito’s records were not available because they were destroyed. Sollecito’s middle school records were available and they showed a record of discipline problems.
What Volturno really said is he received a tip-off from an informant saying that a girl had been injured with scissors at Raffaele’s old school. The “informant” (if one even existed) didn’t mention Raffaele’s name or that he was responsible, just that something had happened at the school. Volturno went to investigate and found no evidence of it. His investigation did discover Raffaele’s “discipline problems” were playing with his pen and he once threw a paper ball at a class mate.
Maori: Investigations at Giovinazzo….. You spoke earlier to the Prosecutor about investigative leads in connection with the injury caused by Sollecito at school and so you went there to investigate. Did you seize the class records?
Volturno: No, we photocopied them and took some notes on some of the class records.
Maori: And what notes were there about Sollecito, were there serious things?
Volturno: No, there were no serious notes, they were about Sollecito which we photocopied because we felt it best to do so.
Maori: For example “Sollecito plays with his pen despite having been told off about it?”
Volturno: That was one such note
Maori: So a person that is accused of murder, you…
Massei: Excuse me, let’s avoid interpretations. Let’s keep to the facts!
Maori: Another note “Sollecito throws paper ball at class mates”?
Volturno: That was another note.
Maori: These are the notes that you have…
Volturno: These are notes that in any case I permitted to take, verify, I photocopied them and I recorded them.
Maori: You didn’t find a note that Sollecito had hurt…
Volturno: No, because…
Maori: Let me finish.
Massei: Let’s always wait until the question has been completed.
Maori: You didn’t find a note that Sollecito had hurt a class mate?
Volturno: No because as I already said earlier the school records of Molfetta Senior high school, liceo Einstein, via Togliatti, were sent for pulping because every 5 years they do this and we didn’t find any trace of those records where perhaps there was this note that we were looking for, but we weren’t fortunate.
Massei: On what basis did you go looking for this?
Volturno: There was an investigative lead that there had been an incident during Sollecito’s time at school where a girl had been injured by some scissors and we searched for a note of this kind, however the records had been pulped and we didn’t find it.
Maori: What do you mean by “lead”?
Massei: What did you know about it? That a girl had been injured with scissors?
Volturno: Exactly, during Sollecito’s time at the school, and we went to see if the class records of the middle and high school to see if there were any notes that referred to this incident, however unfortunately the records had been sent for pulping.
Massei: So it could have been anyone in the class to have caused this incident, not necessarily…
Volturno: No, no, we went to find out if there was any record of this incident.
Massei: And who had caused it?
Massei: The theory was that it could have been Raffaele Sollecito.
Volturno: And we went to verify, however the records had been pulped and so it wasn’t possible to find out.
Massei: You weren’t able to find the truth about the incident nor the one to cause it?
Volturno: Of course.
Maori: Just to clarify given that your curiosity about this President is also ours…This investigative lead what was it? Somebody had told you “A girl in Sollecito’s class had been hurt by scissors”?
Volturno: We received news of this incident and we went to verify it.
Maori: But what do you mean by “we received news”? Was it an informant?
Volturno: An informant.
Maori: And this informant, how did …
Volturno: I’m not obliged to reveal information about informants.
Maori: The name of the informant no, this is true, however you are obliged to tell us how this information was received, by telephone, by a person who came to the Questura and informed that a girl or boy had been injured, this you can tell us.
Volturno: In person, a meeting in the street with a person that knew of certain things and this incident was reported to us and we went to verify it.
Maori: And you verified that Sollecito threw balls made of paper!
Volturno: We didn’t verify anything because the records didn’t exist any more.
Maori: And he disturbed a lesson!
Massei: No excuse me. Let’s keep to the questions, please.
Volturno Transcript (p187-201)