Man ac­cused of ag­gra­vated theft names ac­com­plice, in­spec­tor tells court

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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