According to reports in Italy, the murder happened following a sex-related meeting between the two. Bruises and 25 stab wounds were found on the body of the deceased. Newthing, was said to have arrived in Italy in 2015.
The murder which was said to have happened "on impulse" and not premeditated, still has no proven motive but, according to the findings by the investigators, there was sexual intercourse between the tow before the murder.
The two were said to have known each other for at least a couple of months. It was also said that the deceased had promised Newthing a job and then reneged on the agreement.