The Ethiopian woman, who has become a symbol of integration in Italy, is hammered to death and raped by a Ghanaian worker on her alpine goat farm
- Agitu Ideo Gudeta built a flourishing cheese business in Italy after fleeing Ethiopia
- It was seen as a success story at a time of political controversy over migration
- Her Ghanaian employee Agitu Gudeta is said to have confessed to her murder
An Ethiopian migrant woman, who became a symbol of integration in Italy by building a thriving cheese business in the Alps, was killed on her farm, police said.
A Ghanaian employee at the farm in northern Italy confessed to killing 42-year-old Agitu Ideo Gudeta before she raped her while she was dying, Italian media say.
The suspect, 32-year-old Adams Suleimani, allegedly killed her with a hammer in an argument over an unpaid salary.
Gudeta, who fled Ethiopia in 2010, had settled in the Valle dei Mocheni and was seen as a brilliant success story for migrants in a time of increasing hostility towards immigrants in Italy.
Agitu Ideo Gudeta, an Ethiopian migrant who built a flourishing farm in northern Italy and became a symbol of successful integration, was killed with a hammer on her estate
Gudeta with a Mochena goat in a stable on her farm in Valle dei Mocheni in northern Italy, where she made goat cheese and beauty products on previously deserted land
Gudeta was known for making goat cheese and beauty products on her farm, La Capra Felice – the happy goat – built on previously deserted land.
“I created my space and made myself known, there was no resistance to me,” she told Reuters in a 2018 interview.
However, that same year she announced that she had received racist threats and earlier this year a man was sentenced to nine months in prison for injuring Gudeta.
According to Ansa News Agency, this man was originally questioned by Italian Carabinieri about Gudeta’s death, but it was found he had no connection.
Instead, Suleimani was arrested and taken into custody overnight after confessing to killing Gudeta.
Gudeta, pictured on her farm, had found her home in the Valle dei Mocheni and was seen as a success story at a time of increasing hostility towards immigrants in Italy