£80 to conceal alleged killer's Nazi tattoos

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

A man on trial for murder in Florida has been awarded nearly £80 per day to cover up his Nazi-themed tattoos.

Lawyers for John Ditullio, in court for a double stabbing in 2006 which left one victim dead and another wounded, successfully argued that if jurors could see the Nazi symbols on his skin they would be prejudiced when making their decision.

The court agreed to pay for a professional make-up artist to come in on every day of the trial and conceal Mr Ditullio’s tattoos.

Bjorn Brunvand, Mr Ditullio’s lawyer, said: “Without the makeup being used, there’s no way a jury could look at John and judge him fairly.

“It’s too frightening when you see him with the tattoos. It’s a scary picture.”

Last updated: 3:27pm, December 7 2010