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  • 11 June 2014, 1:28

Rat Poison Plot Captured On Camera In Italy

A mother and son have been accused of poisoning a rich elderly relative after their alleged murder attempt was caught on camera.

Elisabetta Martini, 62, and Marco Coggiola, 36, were arrested after they laced the 97-year-old woman's beverages with rat poison at her nursing home in Pinerolo, near Turin, in northern Italy.

The pair allegedly carried out the plot in order to get inheritance from the relative. 

Police say the mother and son poisoned the woman on at least three occasions - adding the poison to coffee, water and a milkshake.

Doctors twice tested the woman's blood after she became ill but could not find anything wrong.

But on the third occasion they found traces of rat poison and discovered a stash of the solution at of the home of the two accused.

Video footage at the nursing home shows Martini feeding the elderly woman a drink, allegedly spiked with the poison.

Both have been charged with attempted murder. Italian police say both have confessed to the plan.

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