Carpi (Italy), Aug 23: An 83-year-old man on Monday allegedly shot his wife dead in northern Italy on Monday, telling police he killed her because he could no longer cope with her Alzheimer’s disease. “I killed her. I couldn’t manage any more,” Pierino Corradini told police called to the murder scene at the couple’s home in Carpi, near Modena. The couple’s daughter called emergency services after Corradini allegedly phoned her to say he had killed 83-year old Maddalena Pavesi, his wife of 65 years.

The couple had three children but their long marriage had come under strain since Pavesi developed Alzheimer’s disease, according to investigators. The murder weapon was a licenced 7.65 calibre pistol which Corradini kept in a drawer at the couple’s apartment.

Corradini was taken to prison in Modena and faces a murder charge.