Con­fis­cated ham­mer­less/ harm­less auto-pis­tol

Malta Independent - - LETTERS - John Louis Curmi Swieqi

De­spite a tor­rent of use­less wran­gling be­tween the Weapons Of­fice at Gen­eral Po­lice H.Q., and the same of­fice at St Ju­lian’s Po­lice Sta­tion over the un­war­ranted con­fis­ca­tion of my fully li­censed ‘’ham­mer­less/harm­less’’ auto-pis­tol on 7th Jan­uary of this year, I am still suf­fer­ing from the false report a so­cial worker rep­re­sent­ing The Min­istry For Fam­ily and So­cial Se­cu­rity, had made at St Ju­lian’s Po­lice Sta­tion, which has no­tice­ably distressed my fam­ily in­clud­ing my wife who has been suf­fer­ing from a de­gree of cer­ti­fied men­tal disor­der.

The so­cial worker, Maria Camil­leri had of­fi­cially called at our res­i­dence, pri­mar­ily to as­sess my phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties sus­tained from two se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents in 2009 and 2012 which have since ne­ces­si­tated the con­stant use, even at home, of special walk­ing-aids, but also with the help, out­side my home, of an able-bod­ied in­di­vid­ual, since I just can­not walk with­out push­ing a spe­cially-de­signed heavy steel walk­ing-aid li­able to cause me to col­lapse when tired.

How­ever, Mrs Camil­leri, while chat­ting with me in my study for a few min­utes, must have also no­ticed a small cal­i­bre auto-pis­tol next to my writ­ing desk which, ev­i­dently, she must have sus­pected it might con­sti­tute a pos­si­ble threat to my wife in her mo­ments of men­tal lapses – some­times she for­gets my name!

It ap­peared later that dur­ing a very brief chat with my wife, Mrs Camil­leri heard her say, “Yes my hus­band keeps a firearm up­stairs’’.

Not­with­stand­ing a good num­ber of emails sent to Su­per­in­ten­dent D’Anas­tasi at St Ju­lian’s Po­lice Sta­tion, he has flatly re­fused up to this very day to re­ply, even to sev­eral tele­phone calls to his of­fice. On the con­trary, he has most un­eth­i­cally even con­tacted Mrs Camil­leri by email also cit­ing me, ‘’You have no valid right to get back the pis­tol-CASE be­ing mon­i­tored’’.

On the ba­sis of my legally proven in­no­cence, I won­der how a top-flight ad­vo­cate would re­act when con­sulted and this‘ CASE’ is fi­nally taken to a Court of Law!

I de­pend on justice and mer­ci­ful com­pas­sion (age 86) since I am in a very poor state of health suf­fer­ing con­stant pain from a non-re­place­able right hip. I have been con­fined to my study for over 11 months al­ready this year, on ac­count of not hav­ing found a re­ally able­bod­ied es­cort – a two-hour walk per week – to guide me through the heavy traf­fic in Swieqi plus the multi build­ing con­struc­tions just out­side my res­i­dence and more to ma­te­ri­al­ize this very year.

Above all these in­evitable vi­cis­si­tudes, I must re­strain from caus­ing much vis­i­ble con­cern to my wife and fam­ily, over my fre­quent let­ters on this ter­ri­ble mat­ter to the oblig­ing lo­cal press.

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