Fiammetta Biscarini's Testimony (English)

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This is an English language translation of the testimony. See Fiammetta Biscarini's Testimony for the original Italian transcript.
Key to abbreviations
GCM Giancarlo Massei Judge Presidente
GM Giuliano Mignini Prosecutor Pubblico Ministero
FB Fiammetta Biscarini Witness being questioned Found one of Meredith's cell phones
FM Francesco Maresca Counsel for Kercher family (civil plaintiffs) Avvocato

Contents

Fiammetta Biscarini's Testimony

Depositions of the witness Fiammetta Biscarini.

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

General information: Fiammetta Biscarini, born in Rome on November 11, 1977.

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

Prosecutor Mignini

GM:
Please tell us what you remember of the day the cell phones were found.
FB:
Yes, ok.
GM:
About the times then in particular.
FB:
On the morning of Friday, November 2, I was in the garden, around noon, with the maid, we were talking, I was smoking a cigarette, and at some point we heard a cell phone ringing and I asked the maid if it was her cell phone and she replied no. We heard the ring tone of a cell phone also a second time. At that point we turned to the sound and we headed toward a low hedge and I took a shovel that was at hand, and I moved the bushes and the cleaning lady took the cell phone in her hand. We brought it into the house, put it on the table, there it rang again, and later I called my mother to tell her that this mobile phone was found and she told me to join her, she was doing the shopping and we would go together to the Postal Police, to give a statement of the discovery. And we arrived there around ... to the Postal Police offices around 12.30 pm.
GM:
What cell phone, what brand was this ...?
FB:
The cell phone was an Ericsson, dark colored.
GM:
When you were not there, there was a ring ... wasn't there?
FB:
Yes.
GM:
You saw the call, whose name and number appeared on the display?
FB:
At the time that this took place ... when the cleaning lady placed it on the table, yes, I saw the name on the display of the cell phone that was ringing and the name displayed on the screen was Amanda.
GM:
Amanda. What time was it?
FB:
Immediately after I found the cell phone, it must have been ... about five minutes had passed since we laid it on the table, so I think it was 12.05 pm, more or less, yes. More or less.
GM:
You then went to the Postal Police offices with you mother?
FB:
Yes.
GM:
And you left the phone there?
FB:
Yes.
GM:
What time did you go, what time were you ready?
FB:
We arrived around 12.30 pm more or less, and we spent at least twenty minutes making the statement until around 12.50 pm, more or less, until around 1 pm.
GM:
Do you remember that there was this call the night before...?
FB:
Yes, the night before, I was at home with my parents, it was a little before 10 pm, and then, say, around 9.50 pm, 10 pm in the night and my mother took the call, the phone rang, she was already in her bedroom, she took this call and became alarmed and she said to me and to my father that a person had warned her that there was a bomb in the toilet and we should not go to the bathroom. Then we decided to call the police and the police arrived about ten minutes later and they inspected the house both inside and outside.
GM:
So did you find out whom these cell phones belonged to?
FB:
No.
GM:
You don't know anything more then, you did not know ...
FB:
No, we delivered the mobile phone, and then we were ... we made a statement to the Postal Police, about when we found it, and then we left.
GM:
I have no further questions.
GCM:
Are there any questions from the civil plaintiffs?
FM:
Just one, Judge Massei.
GCM:
Yes, please go ahead, counsel Maresca.

Civil Party Attorney Maresca

FM:
If you could tell us the distance, if you know it, between the two cell phones that were found in your garden.
FB:
I found only the second mobile phone, and because of this ... I cannot testify about the ...
FM:
However, you brother had told you of the ...
FB:
Yes, he told me that he found the cell phone.
FM:
Was it in the same area or were the areas different?
FB:
Yes, it was nearby, it was nearby, yes, certainly. It was nearby, it was in any case in the same part of the garden. Yes.
FM:
Is a ... is there an alarm system in your home?
FB:
Yes.
FM:
Both internal and external?
FB:
No, only internal.
FM:
So there was nothing outside?
FB:
No.
FM:
And was it easy or difficult to access the garden?
FB:
The house is fenced for which reason it is not open, so it is difficult to access, surely, that is, not...
FM:
I have finished, thank you.

Judge Massei

GCM:
There are no questions. That is, where from actually, with respect to the road and the place where the cell phone was found, what would have been the distance?
FB:
So, the distance of the cell phone that I found, under the hedge, would be in meters 4-5 meters. Yes, more or less.
GCM:
Is there a certain difference in height with respect to the road?
FB:
There is a difference in height, yes.
GCM:
Where you found the phone was it lower than the road?
FB:
Yes, yes, yes, yes, the garden has been done on several levels, yes.
GCM:
With respect to the house, the villa that is located on via della Pergola ...
FB:
Yes.
GCM:
... this house on via Sperandio ...
FB:
Yes.
GCM:
... where the cell phone was found nearby, what distance is it? How long does it take to travel there on foot or by car?
FB:
With the car I think two minutes, three minutes, two minutes with the car, three maximum.
GCM:
And on foot?
FB:
On foot and going through the park and then passing to Corso Garibaldi, I imagine, and I don't know, it could take ... 15- 20 minutes on foot, I think, more or less.
GCM:
There are no further questions; the witness is dismissed.