A flower shop owner has confessed to taking a bouquet from the grave of his friend’s daughter to decorate the inside of a flower shop in his hometown of Plumeria, a town in northern Italy, because she had just been given an abortion.
The man, who declined to give his name, said he had been contacted by a relative who had found the bouquet at the gravesite of his daughter, Maria Rosa, in March 2016, shortly after she was given a lethal injection.
He told Reuters that he took the flowers as a gift and gave them to his friend.
He was not allowed to leave the flower shop after the flower was placed there, and the man said he kept the flowers in a box in his home.
When the relative, who is still alive, called the police to report the incident, the shop owner, who did not want to be named, took the bouquets to a cemetery in the town and gave the flowers to his sister-in-law, Maria Pina, who was working there at the time.
“I did this to show my good side,” the shopkeeper said.
“She told me to put the flowers on the ground so she could put them there when the funeral is over.
I asked her to be patient because I wanted to take care of her.”
When the woman’s family returned to the cemetery to bury their daughter, they found the flowers had been removed.
“We found them, but they were not put in the grave,” the man told Reuters.
“They were taken and placed in a cardboard box.”
The man told the news agency he was not able to discuss the case with the relatives and did not intend to go to court.
The case has been referred to a state inquiry.
Maria Rosa died in September 2017 at the age of 36 from an overdose of an anesthetic.