Woman found dead af­ter grisly stab­bing in Ta’ Giorni apart­ment

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - ■ Kevin Schem­bri Or­land and David Lindsay

A woman iden­ti­fied as 41-year-old Caro­line Ma­gri was found dead in her bed at her apart­ment in Ta’ Giorni yes­ter­day af­ter­noon af­ter re­port­edly be­ing stabbed to death.

The po­lice, af­ter be­ing called to the scene of the crime at around 5pm, have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case as a homi­cide.

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion speak­ing to this news­pa­per claim that the vic­tim’s throat had also been slashed in what po­lice on site de­scribed as a “macabre” scene in­side the apart­ment.

Sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers were on site yes­ter­day, as well as a Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion unit, an emer­gency med­i­cal team, and Duty Mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera, who is con­duct­ing an in­quiry.

The res­i­dence is on Triq Ge­orge P. Bad­ger, Ta’ Giorni.

Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­ness re­ports, the vic­tim’s daugh­ter emerged from the block of flats where the vic­tim lived scream­ing: “They killed my mother.” She was also seen break­ing down in tears as a hearse took her mother’s body away.

But just who ‘they’ are re­mains an un­known quan­tity, with po­lice at the scene of the crime keep­ing de­tails close to their ch­est as in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the slay­ing be­gan.

This news­pa­per has as­cer­tained that the vic­tim was known to the po­lice and had a his­tory of pros­ti­tu­tion and drug-re­lated of­fences.

A che­quered his­tory

Ms Ma­gri was just last month in­volved in a vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion and ap­peared in court on 25 Au­gust in con­nec­tion with a fight that broke out in a Flo­ri­ana apart­ment in­volv­ing her and with three Africans.

The vic­tim had been ar­raigned in court along­side a To­golese na­tional af­ter the 22 Au­gust brawl.

The To­golese, 33-year-old Djib­ril Gan­iou, and Ms Ma­gri were ac­cused of hav­ing griev­ously in­jured Ma­madou Dian Diallo.

Mr Gan­iou was also ac­cused separately of caus­ing griev­ous in­jury to Mo­ham­men Jal­low. Ms Ma­gri was also ac­cused of hav­ing been in breach of sev­eral court rul­ings.

The in­jured men suf­fered fa­cial and eye in­juries.

Crim­i­nal lawyer Franco De­bono, who had ap­peared for the de­fence along with Dr Mar­ion Camil­leri and Dr Amadeus Cachia, had re­quested bail. Inspector Jef­frey Sci­cluna, for the prose­cu­tion, found no ob­jec­tion to grant­ing Ms Ma­gri bail, but ob­jected to Mr Gan­iou be­ing granted bail con­sid­er­ing he lived in the same apart­ment as the vic­tims.

On the day, Mag­is­trate An­to­nio Mi­callef Trig­ona heard that Mr Gan­iou was able to find ac­com­mo­da­tion else­where, and as such both were granted bail on con­di­tion that they both stayed in Ms Ma­gri's apart­ment, and against per­sonal guar­an­tees of €5,000.

The pair, Ms Ma­gri and Mr Gan­iou, was in court pre­vi­ously, in 2015, af­ter the lat­ter was ac­cused of threat­en­ing and in­jur­ing Ms Ma­gri and a po­lice of­fi­cer. Ms Ma­gri, how­ever, for­gave Mr Gan­iou and he was re­leased on bail.

No fur­ther de­tails were avail­able at the time of go­ing to print.

Photo: Michael Camil­leri

The vic­tim be­ing car­ried out of her apart­ment and into a wait­ing hearse last night

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