A week after being arraigned in Court and charged with the homicide of Marcelino Montalban Saraza from The Philippines, in Mellieħa, the Compilation of Evidence against 44-year-old Mayumi Santos Patacsil from The Philippines today saw two Police Inspectors testifying before Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo.
Inspector Godwin Scerri said that in the morning of 2nd July he found a man dead on the floor in a Mellieħa apartment. The man had a deep neck wound and another stomach wound caused by a knife. He said the Police had found the knives used in the homicide and one was in a sink and the other was under the balcony of the apartment.
He said the woman said she was the victim of domestic violence and she had defended herself after being attacked by the man.
Inspector Joseph Attard said the Police had reacted to a report by the woman when he met her in Triq il-Mellieħa when she was carrying a suitcase. He said that on their way to the Qawra Police Station she alleged she had been beaten by the man she was living with and had nowhere to go. She also said she had two children in The Philippines but the man was not the father.
The Inspector said that on 13th December the woman had reported receiving messages from another woman who allegedly was having sexual relations with the man. However, he said, there had not been an official report of domestic violence.
Regarding the day of the homicide the Inspector said when he went to the apartment another woman had let him in and said three couples were residing there, including the Filipinos. She said she had entered her room with her daughter because the Filipinos were continually arguing. He said the apartment was in darkness and he asked her to switch on the lights to enable him to make a search. He then found the dead man on the floor covered by a sheet.
Mayumi Santos Patacsil was detained under preventive arrest.