It was reported by an Italian news report that on Tuesday, a Sicilian mafia boss serving a life sentence bit off and swallowed a prison guard’s finger during an altercation.
Guiseppe Fanara, 60, who was serving a life sentence at Rome’s Rebibbia prison, attacked seven guards in June when they came to inspect his cell, the daily Il Messagero reported.
The Sicilian mafia boss, from Sicily’s notorious Cosa Nostra clan, was nine years into his sentence under Italy’s tough “41-bis” penal code reserved for mafia members.
The harsh prison regime isolates mobster bosses entirely to prevent them from running their clans from behind bars.
The news reported that “During the altercation, Fanara bit off the agent’s little finger on his right hand,”
“The finger disappeared, leading a Rome prosecutor to conclude it had been eaten”
The prisoner then charged the six other guards, using a broomstick as a weapon, allegedly shouting “I’ll slit your throats like pigs!”
Italian news said Fanara has since been transferred to Sardinia’s high-security Sassari prison, adding he was facing new charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.