A young German has been denounced this Saturday for damaging the Colosseum in Rome. This is the third case of vandalism against the famous Flavio amphitheater in a few weeks, after a Swiss girl and another young man were recorded while writing on one of the walls of the monument.
The arrested is a student of A 17-year-old who was with other classmates and a teacher at the time of the events and who was denounced by the guards of the Colosseum Archaeological Park for causing damage to the amphitheatre. The vandal was surprised and arrested while scratching a wall on the ground floor of the monument, damaging part of the wall.
This new case came to light a few hours after it became known that a 17-year-old Swiss girl was videotaped while writing the initial of her name on one of the walls of the Colosseum in Rome, as happened a few weeks ago with a tourist from the UK.
The scene was filmed by David Battaglino, an Italian tour guide, who was with a group of foreigners visiting the amphitheater when one of them noticed. After filming the Swiss tourist who wrote her initial “N” on one of the walls of the Colosseum, the guide followed the girl, on vacation with her family, to report her to the security personnel of the Flavio amphitheater and give the employees a copy of the video that was later viewed by the Police, reported the local media.
The video shows the young woman recording her initial with an object and then applause and disapproving cries from those present to which the young woman reacts with a grimace. According to the media, for alleged damage to national heritage, the young woman may even face a prison sentence and a fine of up to 15,000 euros.
Vandals can be sentenced to pay a fine of 15,000 euros and several days in jail
A few weeks ago, the video of Ivan Dimitrov, 27, who lives in Bristol (United Kingdom) with his girlfriend, Hayley Bracey, and who also wrote their names on the walls of the Coliseum, circulated around the world. After being located, the tourist wrote a letter of apology sent to the Rome Prosecutor’s Office, to the mayor, Roberto Gualtieri, and to the city council of the Italian capital in which he assured that he was unaware of the age of the monument.
The two were visiting the Italian capital during a three-week trip to Europe and during a visit to the Colosseum, the man wrote the phrase “Ivan+Hayley 23” on a wall, as seen in a video posted by another tourist on a platform and it went viral.
The tourist was also denounced and now he will have to face a process in which he can also be sentenced to several days in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros for damage to cultural property.