Alessandro Biscarini's Testimony (English)

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This is an English language translation of the testimony. See Alessandro Biscarini's Testimony for the original Italian transcript.

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Summary of Alessandro Biscarini's Testimony

  • Alessandro Biscarini found a Motorola cellphone (powered off) in the garden of his parents' home the morning of November 2. After taking it inside to ask if anyone else in the family knew who it belonged to, they decided to call the Postal Police to inquire if the phone belonged to one of the two officers who had visited the previous night. The Postal Police instructed them to bring the phone to the station. His parents left with the phone around 10 am.
  • Approximately 11:45 am Alessandro's sister found a second phone (powered on) and brought it into the house. Once inside, the phone started to ring. The caller ID displayed the name Amanda.
  • Alessandro's sister called their parents at some point between 11:45-noon and then left around noon to meet them.
  • Asked for a detailed description of where the phones had been located, Alessandro responded that the one he had found had been just inside the gate, about 15-20 meters from the road, but he did not know the exact location where the phone his sister had found had been but it had not been far from the one he had found.


Key to abbreviations
GCM Giancarlo Massei Judge Presidente
GM Giuliano Mignini Prosecutor Pubblico Ministero
AB Alessandro Biscarini Witness being questioned Found one of Meredith's cell phones
FM Francesco Maresca Counsel for Kercher family (civil plaintiffs) Avvocato

Alessandro Biscarini's Testimony

Depositions of the witness Alessandro Biscarini.

The witness, admonished pursuant to Article 497 of the Criminal Procedure Code, reads the oath.

General information: Alessandro Biscarini, born in Rome on December 27, 1980.

GCM:
The prosecutor may go ahead to the witness examination.

Prosecutor Mignini

GM:
Listen, what do you remember of the discovery of these mobile phones?
AB:
Yes, so, on the morning of the 2nd of November, I was in the garden, I was responding to a call and I saw in the garden, in the open area in front of the house, a mobile phone. Not knowing who it belonged to I took it into the house to ask if it belonged to some family member. Since it did not belong to any of us in the family, my parents called the police thinking it would belong to one of the two policemen who had come to inspect our house the night before, as a result of a call that we had received. From the police station they said to them to take this mobile phone to the postal police for further investigations and so they took this mobile phone, around 10 am, took it there, they went, my mother and my father, to the postal police to take this mobile phone there. Then later, around 11.45 am - 12.00 noon, my sister with the maid discovered another mobile phone in ... again in the garden. They took that one into the house as well, I was inside the house, then my sister called my mother saying that we had found this other mobile phone, and then she joined her and they took it together, also this second one, to the Postal Police.
GM:
Listen, what was the brand of these mobile phones? The first one and the second one.
AB:
So, the cellular phone that I found was a Motorola, I don't remember the brand of the second mobile phone.
GM:
Listen, was the phone you found ringing?
AB:
The cellular phone that I found was switched off, it was not ringing.
GM:
And the one taken by your sister?
AB:
When she carried it inside the house and once it was resting on the table, I saw that it was ringing, we were there around to talk about this discovery and we saw that the cell phone was ringing and on its display there appeared also the name of the person who was calling, a certain Amanda.
GM:
Amanda?
AB:
Yes.
GM:
What time was it?
AB:
It must have been around 11.45 am - 12 noon.
GM:
On the 2nd ...
AB:
On the 2nd of November.
GM:
As regards the times, you said that you did not go to the Postal Police offices?
AB:
No, I didn't go there.
GM:
You took ... gave the phone to your mother then?
AB:
Yes. The one...that I found around 9 am, shortly after nine in the morning. Then as soon as I took it into the house I put it on the table, and after my parents took it to the Postal Police after the phone call and following the instructions received from the police station, from the officer that had answered, took it to the Postal Police offices.
GM:
Also the other mobile phone, do you know at what time it was taken to the Postal Police?
AB:
My sister left immediately, say, five, ten minutes after the discovery so it would have been shortly after 12 noon, midday more or less.
GM:
I have no further questions.
GCM:
Civil parties, if you have any questions.
FM:
Only one, Judge Massei.
GCM:
Yes, go ahead.

Civil Party Advocate

FM:
With respect to the area where you found the phone in the garden, no, as you said before, can you clarify the location of the garden with respect to the road to us, with respect to the access from the house and so on?
AB:
Yes, the part of the garden where I found the first mobile phone is sort of immediately after the gate, about 15-20 meters from the road, there is a driveway to the house, next to the driveway there is a forecourt, there is a garden, in the forecourt there are no trees or anything, more or less in the middle of this small forecourt there was... the garden, there was this mobile phone. Anyway with respect to the road, it is about twenty meters more or less, 15-20 meters.
FM:
When you talk about the gate are you referring to the one which in fact gives access to the road?
AB:
Yes, the entrance of the house, giving access to the road.
FM:
I understand. What about the second cell phone?
AB:
The second, to be precise I don't know because I did not find it myself, but it ... was more or less nearby, but I am not sure exactly where because I did not find it, from what I was then told it was more or less nearby.
FM:
I have no further questions, Judge Massei, thank you.
GCM:
There are no questions. If there are no further questions the witness is dismissed.