POLICE in Italy are investigating whether a paedophile was shot dead by hitmen  hired by the dad of one of his teen victims.

Guiseppe Matarazzo, a pastor in Benevento, north of Naples, was killed a month after he was released from jail.

A funeral poster for pastor Guiseppe Matarazzo, who was killed in Benevento on July 19

The 45-year-old had been serving an 11 year sentence for sexually abusing two sisters after working as a religious leader in the district of Frasso Telesino.

One of his victims committed suicide at the age of 15 in 2008, the year after Matarazzo was imprisoned.

Her father is now being investigated on suspicion of killing the sex abuser after his body found with five gunshot wounds.

Two other men, 30-year-old Generoso Nastam and Giuseppe Massaro, 55, are also under investigation.

The church in Frasso Telesino, where pastor Giuseppe Ratarazzo is believed to have worked as a pastor

Matarazzo was released in June last year after serving 11 years and six months in jail, and found dead in Benevento on July 19.

Detectives found a car covered nearby and a 3.56 magnum pistol that led to the arrests.

Chief prosecutor Aldo Policastro has confirmed that it was a “hired crime”.

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