Antonio De Pace, 28, reportedly called http://harbutlawcottages.co.uk/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=https://harbutlawcottages.co.uk/terms-conditions/ cops to tell them he had murdered young medic, Lorena Quaranta, 27.
Police found her dead in their apartment in Italy, while De Pace was found on the floor having cut his wrists, according to reports.
The young couple had been working in a local hospital in Messina, Sicily, and had been drafted to help with the coronavirus pandemic.
De Pace was taken to prosecutors, where he allegedly confessed: “I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.”
Prosecutors have now charged him with her premeditated murder, national newspaper Nuovo Sud said.
Lorena was strangled to death in the apartment where the young couple lived together, on March 31.
The 27-year-old was originally from Favara in Sicily but the couple had lived together for the last few months in Messina where she died.
After a violent quarrel, De Pace allegedly hit Lorena in the forehead with an object, knocking her out.
De Pace then allegedly climbed on top of her, immobilised her and then suffocated her.
After that, he allegedly tried to take his own life by cutting his wrists, but the attempt did not seem serious and only left him with superficial wounds.
Later, the man reportedly called the police and confessed to the murder saying he did it because she had infected him with the virus. However, later tests indicated that neither of them had the coronavirus.
In addition to confirming the murder charge, the deputy prosecutor Roberto Conte also wants to make it aggravated after finding evidence that the killing was premeditated.
Reportedly, the nurse had sent messages to family members, which were later deleted, in which he expressed his desire to transfer his savings to his nephew.
According to the prosecution, this is proof that he had planned the crime.
De Pace is a nurse and Lorena was a junior doctor, and both were working at a local hospital in Messina treating COVID-19 patients.
According to local newspaper Gazzetta Jonica, De Pace told police that he did it because she gave him coronavirus.
Lorena had only recently posted a message about 41 Italian doctors dying during the pandemic.
Linking to a news report on the deaths that have hit Italy due to a lack of personal protective equipment, she criticised the situation and wrote: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country.
“You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.
“Let’s stick together everyone staying at home. Let’s avoid the next one falling sick is a loved one or ourselves.”
Salvatore Cuzzocrea, the dean of Messina University, where Lorena had studied before working as a junior doctor, told Giornale di Sicilia that she would be awarded her medical degree posthumously as a tribute.