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Captain of Costa Concordia jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of manslaughter

12 Feb
Captain of Costa Concordia jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of manslaughter

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Francesco Schettino attends his trial at the Grosseto court, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Whatever verdict is delivered in the trial of the Italian sea captain for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner and for the deaths of 32 people, survivors and victims' families already are wondering if justice will be done. The trial, expected to bring a verdict this week, has a sole defendant. Francesco Schettino is accused of causing the shipwreck on the night of Jan. 13, 2012, when he steered too close to a tiny Tuscan island, smashing into a granite reef that sliced open the hull, sending seawater rushing in. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Francesco Schettino attends his trial at the Grosseto court, Italy (Picture: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The captain of the Costa Concordia has been found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 16 years by an Italian court.

32 people died in the 2012 ferry sinking in Italy with Francesco Schettino at the helm.

Prosecutors accused him of being an ‘idiot’ whose decisions lead to the sinking of the ship, while Mr Schettino claimed he is a ‘scapegoat’ who has been wrongfully blamed for the disaster.

The 54-year-old is expected to appeal the decision.

The Italian media were quick to dub him ‘captain coward’ after it was reported that he abandoned the ship before many of the passengers, going against maritime tradition.

32 people were killed in the Costa Concordia disaster (Picture: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File) 32 people were killed in the Costa Concordia disaster (Picture: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Lawyers are now issuing proceedings in the Italian courts against cruise firm Costa Crociere Spa on behalf of four British…

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