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This morning Melvin Theuma testified in court in the compilation of evidence against the three men accused of attempted robbery from the HSBC headquarters in Qormi in 2010.
At the time of his arrest, Theuma, the intermediary in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galiza and who had been given a pardon to reveal everything he knows, had told investigators that he had relevant information about a serious crime including the theft from HSBC. He was testifying before Magistrate Monica Vella.
Vince Muscat, sive Kohhu, Darren Debono sive Topo and Fabio Psaila stand accused of this attempted robbery.
10.10 Melvin Theuma takes the stand and is questioned by Inspector Joseph Mercieca. He is asked about the presidential pardon, about the murder of Caruana Galizia, the attempted robbery by the HSBC Bank and the Casino de Venezia robbery. Asked what he knows about these, he said he knows nothing. He also says he knows nothing about Muscat. However, he later said he has known him since they were children but only knows him from gambling.
10.15 Theuma is escorted out of the Court after questioning by Prosecution and Defense is over.
10.20 The Magistrate asks the Prosecution to call Darren Debono but it appears Debono was notified to appear at 11.30am.
10.40 Back in the courtroom. Darren Debono is present and Theuma has returned to the witness stand. He is asked what he knows about Debono. Theuma says the attempted robbery by HSBC was carried out at the same time as the Isle of MTV but that he does not remember the year. Theuma said that a month before the robbery, Darren Debono went to talk to him and asked him if he had a flat to rent. He said he did not remember if Alfred Degiorgio, Fulu, was with him. He said he rented Debono a flat in Mosta for a month in the summer for € 300 which was to be paid by Debono.
He said at the time the Isle of MTV was taking place he was on the Granaries eating with his family and received a phone call from Debono.
10.50 In his testimony, Theuma said he had called Debono and asked him to go to the Mosta flat. He said that when he went he found Debono on the bed in his underwear, with blood on his feet. He said Debono told him he was shot by the Police. Theuma said Vince Muscat asked him to help Debono and to find a veterinarian, a horse doctor. He said that when he left he saw a Police car going by.
10.55 Asked why he was told to speak to a veterinarian, Theuma replied that they knew he had a connection to horse activities. He went on to say that he did none of this and never talked about it again. He said he heard about the attempted robbery the next day on the news.
11.00 Dr Edward Gatt, who is assisting Debono, requests to cross examine the witness at a later stage. The Court accedes to the request and the case is adjourned to 4 August.