Po­lice hold­ing 33-year-old for­eign na­tional over Fri­day’s grisly Ta’ Giorni mur­der

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The po­lice are hold­ing a 33-year-old for­eign na­tional for ques­tion­ing over Fri­day’s grisly mur­der of 41-year-old Car­o­line Ma­gri in Ta’ Giorni.

The po­lice said the man in ques­tion re­sides in Sliema, but they did not give ei­ther his na­tion­al­ity or his name.

Un­con­firmed re­ports have claimed the per­son be­ing held is the vic­tim’s part­ner, To­golese na­tional Djib­ril Gan­iou.

Ms Ma­gri was found dead in bed in her apart­ment in Ta’ Giorni on Fri­day evening hav­ing been stabbed mul­ti­ple times.

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said on Fri­day that the vic­tim’s throat had also been cut in what po­lice on site de­scribed as a “macabre” scene in­side the apart­ment, which is lo­cated on Triq Ge­orge P. Badger, Ta’ Giorni.

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

Only last month Ms Ma­gri had been in­volved in a vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion and had ap­peared in court on 25 Au­gust in con­nec­tion with a fight that broke out in a Flo­ri­ana apart­ment on 22 Au­gust in­volv­ing her and three Africans.

The vic­tim had been ar­raigned in court along­side Mr Gan­iou af­ter the brawl.

Mr Gan­iou, and Ms Ma­gri were ac­cused of hav­ing griev­ously in­jured Ma­madou Dian Diallo.

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

The To­golese, Djib­ril Gan­iou, and Ms Ma­gri were ac­cused of hav­ing griev­ously in­jured Ma­madou Dian Diallo. Mr Gan­iou was also ac­cused in­di­vid­u­ally 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.

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 bail for Mr Gan­iou, 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.

Ms Ma­gri and Mr Gan­iou had ap­peared in court pre­vi­ously, in Septem­ber 2015, af­ter the lat­ter was ac­cused of threat­en­ing and in­jur­ing Ms Ma­gri and a po­lice of­fi­cer. Ms Ma­gri ap­par­ently for­gave Mr Gan­iou and he was re­leased on bail.

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