Brazilian couple have been jailed for strangling their five-year-old
daughter and throwing her from the window of their sixth-floor apartment
building, in a case that has transfixed the country.
investigation into the death of
Isabella Nardoni, whose body was found
on March 29, 2008, has been breathlessly followed by the media in the
South American nation.
father Alexandre Nardoni and stepmother Anna Carolina Jatobe both
claimed that an intruder was responsible for the death of the
the prosecution found it was impossible that Nardoni and Jatobe were not
in their apartment at the time of the murder, offering phone records and
data from their car's GPS.
After a five-day deliberation, jurors found both of the accused guilty
of the crime, Globo news agency reported.
public fascination with the death of Isabella Nardoni has been likened
to the disappearance of
in the UK and the OJ Simpson
trial in the US, with a poll showing 98 percent of Brazilians were aware
of the case.
interest in Isabella's death is unusual for a country where 45,000
people are murdered each year.
Nardoni was sentenced to 31 years behind bars, while Jatobe will serve a
26 year sentence.