Author: Edwina Brincat

An “aggressive” youth who allegedly vandalised a number of parked cars in St Paul’s Bay on Monday was remanded in custody after “gently” protesting his innocence.  Timothy Obiagebna, a 25-year-old Nigerian who lives in St Paul’s Bay, was escorted to court facing charges over the fracas he allegedly caused when a call from the police control room alerted the Qawra district officers to the man’s presence on the streets.  A stranger was allegedly smashing car windshields, the officers were told.  There was no sign of the suspect aggressor when a police patrol rushed on site, but the man was soon…

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A man who was allegedly involved in the theft and sale of bicycles was remanded in custody after his arraignment on Wednesday. David Yates, 51 of Gzira, was arrested early on Tuesday after investigators, browsing the Marketplace Facebook site, linked him to the stolen bikes. Yates pleaded not guilty to two instances of aggravated theft, handling stolen goods as well as breaching previous bail conditions. The court was told that a Legnano bike was allegedly stolen from St Albert Street, Gzira on the night between May 13 and 14. In the early hours of the morning on June 29, a…

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Melvin Theuma returned briefly to the witness stand on Wednesday to face cross-examination in proceedings linked to a foiled HSBC bank heist in 2010. Theuma, the self-confessed middleman in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination, was testifying in the compilation of evidence against Darren Debono, it-Topo. Debono and Vincent Muscat stand accused of being behind that attempted bank robbery.  In a previous hearing, Theuma testified that on the evening of the Isle of MTV concert in June 2010, he had received a call from Alfred Degiorgio asking him to pop by a Mosta flat which Theuma himself had rented out to…

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The Speaker and the clerk of the House have forcefully rebutted claims by civil society group Repubblika that they were abusing their power by blocking public access to the strangers’ gallery.  Speaker Anġlu Farrugia and clerk of the house Raymond Scicluna filed a judicial act on Tuesday to counter allegations made by Repubblika through a judicial protest filed last Thursday.  The group had repeatedly requested access to the strangers’ gallery so as to view parliamentary proceedings from within the chamber.  But the Speaker argued that given the current pandemic scenario, it was not safe to allow members of the public…

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A former chief executive officer at Malta International Airport had breached “the full and unquestionable trust” underpinning his high office by leaking business secrets, thereby providing justification for dismissal.  Marcus Klaushofer filed proceedings before the Industrial Tribunal claiming that his contract of employment at MIA had been unilaterally terminated, for no valid reason in January 2015. The applicant had signed a three-year contract with the company in 2012 and that agreement was subsequently extended up to June 2017 with a pay rise that resulted in an annual salary of €175,907. Yet, MIA legal counsel argued that the termination had followed…

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A man whose marriage ended on the rocks was denied bail at the end of a fiery arraignment in the presence of his wife whom he had allegedly terrified and harassed.   The 42-year-old supermarket worker from Qormi, whose name is not being published to safeguard the couple’s minor child, was escorted into the courtroom where his alleged victim waited silently, accompanied by her lawyer.  As the hearing got underway, the accused pleaded not guilty to harassing his wife, inflicting violence, including moral and psychological violence, upon her as well as holding her against her will.  Other charges related to…

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A man was denied bail on Tuesday after pleading not guilty to stealing over €35,000 worth of tools and breaching previous court orders. Joseph Galea, a 31-year old Siġġiewi waste separation worker, was back in court merely days after being handed a suspended sentence by a Magistrates’ Court. He was accused of stealing tools during the night between July 20 and 21 in Birzebbugia and on the night between July 29 and 30 at Qormi. Galea pleaded not guilty to both thefts, as well as breaching a suspended sentence delivered on July 16, two previous court-imposed curfews as well as…

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A Marsa bar owner who helped move money from one of his patrons to the three suspected hitmen in Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination has said he did so as a “favour” and insisted on receiving a receipt for the money from prison. Joseph Brincat, owner of the Marsa White Stars bar, took the witness stand on Tuesday when Yorgen Fenech returned to court for another sitting in the compilation of evidence. Fenech stands accused of complicity in the journalist’s murder. He is pleading not guilty. On Monday, the court heard from another Marsa man, Lawrence Pace, who testified how he…

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A police sergeant, held under preventive custody since April following his arraignment for allegedly raping the victim of a burglary he was meant to assist, has been granted bail.  The decision was delivered on Monday following a fresh application filed by Glenn Carabott, the 40-year old officer who is pleading not guilty to non-consensual sex with his alleged victim, taking a video of the encounter and committing a crime he was duty-bound to prevent.  RELATED STORIES He was denied bail at the arraignment stage and has been in preventive custody ever since.  While proceedings continue before the Magistrates’ Court, Carabott’s…

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The self-confessed middleman in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case has applied for the State to be added as a defendant in an action for damages by the assassinated journalist’s family.  Melvin Theuma filled the application on Monday, days after a public inquiry found that the State should shoulder the responsiblity for the October 2017 murder.  It asks that the State, as represented by the Prime Minister, the State Advocate, the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner should be joined in the suit.  If the application is successful, it could mean that the State might pay the full amount of…

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