Po­lice find stolen ve­hi­cle while car­ry­ing out evic­tion or­der

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A 48-year-old man from Ra­bat was yesterday con­demned to 15 months im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended to two years, af­ter be­ing found guilty of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a stolen car.

The stolen car, a Mit­subishi RBR, was found in the garage of Mario Fenech at Targa Gap, lim­its of Mosta. The po­lice made the dis­cov­ery while they were car­ry­ing out an evic­tion, on the or­ders of the Lands Com­mis­sioner.

The evic­tion or­der was made on 23 Oc­to­ber 2008. The po­lice turned up on site to carry out the evic­tion six days af­ter the or­der was made, where they found a num­ber of cars in­side two big stores, as well as a num­ber of an­i­mals.

Mr Fenech pro­vided the au­thor­i­ties with the ap­pro­pri­ate log books for the ma­jor­ity of the ve­hi­cles found, how­ever he failed to do so for the Mit­subishi in ques­tion. He also failed to pro­vide the registration num­ber, and the wheels of the car had been dis­man­tled.

From in­ves­ti­ga­tions, led by pros­e­cut­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Mal­lia, it was found that the ve­hi­cle had been stolen on 27 Oc­to­ber 2007 from St Julian’s. It was reg­is­tered un­der Martin Buha­giar.

Mag­is­trate Demi­coli re­marked that it is still un­clear as to how the stolen ve­hi­cle wound up in the pos­ses­sion of the ac­cused, adding that in view of the ap­pro­pri­ate log books of the other ve­hi­cles found, it is un­der­stood that the ac­cused was aware that he was in pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle.

Due to Mr Fenech’s rel­a­tively be­nign po­lice con­duct, Mag­is­trate Demi­coli sen­tenced him to 15 months im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended to two years.

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