Salvatore Mannino, 52, was found in a seemingly confused state in a cathedral, telling Brit police he had no idea who or where he was.
But suspicions were raised after cops in his Italian homeland found searches on his computer for “how to disappear” and “how to fake memory loss”.
Yesterday he finally cracked and told them: “I did it to get away from my nagging mother-in-law.
“I never lost my memory. I wanted to show my family I was important to them. I wanted to regain my position as a husband and father as I felt my mother-in-law had taken that from me.”
Dad-of-four Salvatore vanished from Pisa in mid-September. He was found in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral two days later.
Scottish cops eventually identified him by his tattoos and his wife Francesca and kids flew to Britain.
Salvatore claimed not to recognise them and was taken home, where docs said there was nothing wrong with him. Yesterday an Italian police spokesman said he had been charged with abandonment, adding: “The waste of time and money hasn’t gone down well.”
A source close to the family said: “Francesca is not happy at all. He’s caused a lot of anguish and her mother isn’t even that bad — I’ve heard of worse.”
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