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A jeweller in Italy has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for shooting dead two crooks who robbed his store and tied up his daughter, prompting a fierce debate on the limits of self-defence.
Mario Roggero shot at three thieves in Grinzane Cavour on April 28, 2021 after they entered his store, bound his daughter's hands behind her back, threatened to kill his wife and helped themselves to expensive jewellery and watches.
Fearing for his life, Roggero was seen on CCTV chasing them out of the shop and shooting at least five times.
Andrea Spinelli and Giuseppe Mazzarino died a few yards from the shop entrance, one in the street and the other on the corner with a side street. A third robber was injured and later arrested.
Roggero's sentencing has sparked outrage in Italy as politicians weigh in and say the jeweller was only defending himself and his family.
'He worked hard all his life, and he was just trying to defend his family and his business,' Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said, expressing his 'full solidarity'.
But prosecutors have argued in court that following the crooks outside before shooting them as they got into a car is tantamount to an 'execution'.
Mario Roggero, (pictured) shot and killed two robbers in Grinzane Cavour on April 28, 2021
Roggero was at work when the trio of thieves entered his store and starting looting his wares.
CCTV shows the moment the robbers enter and tie up his daughter before rifling through various cabinets and filling up their pockets.
A man, who appears to be Roggero, is held at gunpoint as he is moved through the store and