Climbing Instructor Sentenced in Tito Traversa ’s Death
In Italy, a judge in a court in Turin has convicted Nicola Galizia, 36, of manslaughter in the death of 12-year-old Italian climbing prodigy Tito Traversa. Galizia, the unofficial climbing instructor, was on site the day Traversa’s fatal climbing accident occurred. He has been sentenced to two years in prison. And will be forced to pay judicial expenses amounting to over 21,000 euros.
In Italy, a judge in a court in Turin has convicted Nicola Galizia, 36, of manslaughter in the death of 12-year-old Italian climbing prodigy Tito Traversa. Traversa was a promising climber who climbed his first 5.14a at age 10. Impressive !
However, a prison sentence of two years in Italy, if it’s the first offense, actually means no prison time will be served. Galizia, therefore, is likely not going to prison. Prosecutors had sought a mandatory four-year prison sentence.
Meanwhile, Luca Gianmarco and Carlo Paglioli have been acquitted of any wrongdoing. They were the two other defendants named in this case. Luca Gianmarco, 50, is the owner of the gym/climbing club frequented by Traversa. And Carlo Paglioli, 72, is the owner of Aludesign, the company that manufactures parts for the quickdraws that were improperly assembled and resulted in Traversa’s accident.
Galizia has been sentenced to two years in prison
This concludes the first of three stages of a multi-year trial. Next, the judge is given 30 days to fully explain his decision. After this, comes the “motivazioni della sentenza,”. In which lawyers can decide whether to proceed to further stages.
On July 5, 2013, a group of 10 youth Italian climbers, two parents, and an instructor from their local gym in Ivrea, Italy, took a climbing trip to Orpierre, France. Here, a woman, who is not a climber but was a mother of one of the members of the group, accidentally assembled several quickdraws incorrectly. By attaching the rope-end carabiner to the full-strength sling with only the rubber band that is meant to hold the carabiner in place.
Stay tuned for more updates. And check the Italian climbing website Pareti for more info.