A man who set his heavily pregnant girlfriend on fire was on Wednesday, November 23, sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Prosecutors had requested a 15-year sentence against Paolo Pietropaolo, 40, who set 38-year-old Carla Ilenia Caiazzo, alight on February 1, 2016 while she was eight months pregnant.
The incident took place in the street in front of the couple's home in the town of Pozzuoli, near Naples.
Pietropaolos was arrested same day at Formia, between Naples and Rome, where he had a car accident subsequently told prosecutors he could have killed her, but wanted to ruin her face instead because she was beautiful.
"I had no intention of killing Carla... after setting her on fire I could have run her over and I didn't," Pietropaolo said. "I wanted to disfigure her because she is a very beautiful girl"
Caiazzo sustained third-degree burns to her face and upper body and has undergone 21 surgeries since the attack. Doctors managed to deliver her premature baby - now a healthy nine-month-old girl - after a neighbor rescued Caiazzo by putting out the flames while Pietropaolo fled the scene.