Woman taunted man by having her parrot insult him every time they saw each other.
He asked her to stop.
The cops asked her to stop.
Hopefully the guy had time before being arrested to enjoy roast parrot.
Ignazio Frailis, 46, from Sardinia, reportedly lay in wait for Maria Bonaria Contu, 60, when she was out walking with friends.
He then allegedly stabbed her 11 times and wounded a friend who tried to defend her.
Investigators claim he was driven to kill because of Mrs Contu’s pet parrot, which hurled insults at him whenever he walked past.
The 46-year-old had previously claimed Mrs Contu trained the bird to provoke him with insults, L’Unione Sarda reported.
According to local reports, unemployed Mr Frailis spent much of his time at home playing violent video games where he could hear the parrot.
Paolo De Angelis, the investigating magistrate, said: ‘Listening to the parrot all day, it became an obsession for him.
‘I don’t exclude mental problems. Even the worst parrot in the world doesn’t justify this.’
When he was arrested Mr Frailis was ‘very cold, very calm and full of rage’ according to Eugenio Fatone, the arresting carabinieri officer.
The officer added that the suspect had complained about the parrot in the past.
He said: ‘Officers had tried to talk to both sides and had suggested putting the parrot in a different room, not facing Mr Frailis’ house.’
Mr Frailis’s uncle, Dario Serra, insisted his nephew was a peaceful man.
‘He is a good person, he took care of cats and dogs and has never hurt anyone’, he explained.
This is not the first time parrots have found themselves at the heart of a criminal investigation in Italy.
In 2014 police in Naples seized two African parrots from drug dealers who had trained the birds to act as drug pushers over the phone.