the court at the trial of the captain of the doomed costa concordia liner has heard from its first witness. first deck officer giovanni iaccarino claimed captain francesco schettino ordered the crew to sail at a distance of half a nautical mile from the island of giglio rather than the normal five miles.
amateur video footage appears to show the captain of the costa concordia, francesco schettino, standing next to a lifeboat before leaving the costa concordia on the night it struck rocks off the tuscan island of giglio and capsised, killing 32 people.
the trial of the captain in charge of the costa concordia cruise liner which ran aground with the loss of 32 lives has been delayed by a week.
the former captain of the costa concordia cruise liner has been found guilty of manslaughter over the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people off the tuscan holiday island of giglio.
the captain of the costa concordia cruise ship which ran aground off italy with the loss of 32 lives is to be tried on 9 july. capt francesco schettino denies charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship.
a trainee naval officer has told an italian court that the captain of the costa concordia jumped into a lifeboat as the liner was sinking. his evidence appears to support the prosecution's accusation that francesco schettino abandoned his ship while passengers were on board.
as the verdict looms in the costa concordia trial, the defence team for the sunken cruise liner's former captain has given its closing argument.