138 days on, Thomas Ste­wart still on the miss­ing list

Malta Independent - - NEWS - ■ Gabriel Schem­bri

Thomas Ste­wart, the 59-year-old man who has been miss­ing since 20 May, is still nowhere to be found.

Con­tacted by The Malta In­de­pen­dent, his wife, Phyl­lis Ste­wart said that de­spite her ef­forts and a re­ward which was also set up to en­cour­age peo­ple to ap­proach her, no one seems to have sighted her hus­band.

Mrs Ste­wart had ex­plained the de­tails which led to her hus­band’s dis­ap­pear­ance, who was re­ported miss­ing af­ter es­cap­ing from Mount Carmel. She had high­lighted the lack of sup­port pro­vided by the lo­cal po­lice in their ef­fort to find the miss­ing man.

But Mrs Ste­wart, who came to Malta to­gether with her hus­band a lit­tle over a year ago, still can­not be­lieve or start to un­der­stand why her hus­band was ad­mit­ted to a men­tal hos­pi­tal in the first place.

She had told this news­pa­per that her hus­band is of sound men­tal health but was still taken to Mount Carmel. Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Ste­wart, her hus­band is di­a­betic, but men­tally sane.

The be­lief that the po­lice are not do­ing their job prop­erly led her to file a ju­di­cial protest against the Min­is­ter for Health, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner and the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer in charge of Mount Carmel Hos­pi­tal.

The ju­di­cial protest was filed as Mrs Ste­wart be­lieves that her hus­band’s dis­ap­pear­ance is the re­sult of neg­li­gent be­hav­iour by the au­thor­i­ties at Mount Carmel. The protest con­tests the man’s di­ag­no­sis which led to his ad­mis­sion in hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Ste­wart, Thomas is a ‘gen­tle gi­ant’, and he wouldn’t hurt a fly. How­ever, nurses who had spo­ken to her at Mount Carmel, told her that Thomas would be of dan­ger to him­self. Mrs Ste­wart claims she was never told the ex­act di­ag­no­sis of her hus­band’s men­tal ill­ness.

Sight­ings of 59-year-old Thomas Ste­wart stopped some weeks ago. He was last seen walk­ing in Lija, in the di­rec­tion of Mosta. Ac­cord­ing to the per­son that spot­ted him, Thomas looked skin­nier and his leg was bleed­ing.

As weeks pass with­out fur­ther sight­ings, Mrs Ste­wart is des­per­ate to hear any news of her beloved hus­band. Those who know of Thomas Ste­wart’s where­abouts are en­cour­aged to con­tact the fam­ily.

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