Man accused of aggravated theft names accomplice, inspector tells court
Joseph Xuereb, a man who stands accused of being an accomplice to thefts relating to elderly women, mentioned a person named Simon Camilleri, known as ‘isSufu’, as a person the police believe to be his co-principal, a police inspector told the court.
But the officer said the police do not have enough proof to charge the other man.
Mr Xuereb stands charged with being a co-principal in three thefts, aggravated theft against a person over 60-years of age and relapsing.
Inspector Tony Cachia told Madam Justice Edwina Grima that the thefts occurred in 2012.
He said that he had received a report that on 15 September, 2012, 80-year-old Maria Carmela Zarb was going back home in Parisio Street, Sliema, when a man came up behind her and ripped her necklace off. A blue Peugeot 405 was also seen leaving the scene.
Another incident on the same day was reported, in which another elderly woman, Maria Abela, aged 82, was the victim of a similar crime in Sir Hilderbrand Oakes Street, Gżira.
The third incident occurred on 21 September, when 78-year-old Helena Vella had her necklace stolen in the same way, in Lorenzo Gonzi Street, Tarxien. The woman, the inspector said, subsequently fell down and suffered grievous injuries.
Joseph Xuereb was identified as being the owner of the car, the inspector said. He was called in for questioning on 22 September, and said that he is the only person who drives the car. The inspector said that the man cooperated at first, but then stopped answering questions.