El­derly rob­bery vic­tim fell to the ground and yelled in pain

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The case re­gard­ing the man who is ac­cused of be­ing a co-prin­ci­pal in the theft of jew­ellery from three el­derly women, and ag­gra­vated theft on one con­tin­ued yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He­lena Vella, one of the vic­tims, gave her tes­ti­mony yes­ter­day. She said that as a re­sult of a man rip­ping her neck­lace off, she fell to the ground and felt pain all over.

The ac­cused is 53-year-old Joseph Xuereb, and the ac­cu­sa­tions are over in­ci­dents that oc­curred in 2012. He is ac­cused of be­ing the driver of the per­son who al­legedly snatched the jew­ellery.

Ms Vella said that on the day, she had gone to Tarx­ien to see her daugh­ter. “I re­mem­ber ring­ing her door­bell and a man came up to me. I didn’t un­der­stand what he told me.”

She said she told him sorry so that he would re­peat what he said. At that point he grabbed her neck­lace, pulled it and she fell to the ground. Her daugh­ter was still in­side and didn’t know what had hap­pened.

She tes­ti­fied that her ag­gres­sor then ran away. She said her ag­gres­sor was wear­ing a T-shirt and had a tat­too on his hand, and wasn’t of a dark com­plex­ion.

She said that when this hap­pened, and she fell to the ground, she started shout­ing and felt pain all over her body. She did not know how much the neck­lace was worth, but said it was given to her by her hus­band as a gift.

She was taken to the health cen­tre by her daugh­ter’s hus­band and was even­tu­ally taken to hos­pi­tal for an X-ray. She ended up with one hand and leg in casts, and she also had to wear a col­lar.

Since then, she said, she has had to walk with a walk­ing stick.

After leav­ing hos­pi­tal, she went to live with her daugh­ter.

An­swer­ing ques­tions by Dr Arthur Az­zopardi (for the de­fence), she said that there was no car close by as the ag­gres­sor kept run­ning for a while.

Dr Arthur Az­zopardi de­clared that the ac­cused will not be tes­ti­fy­ing.

Dr Franco De­bono, also ap­pear­ing for the de­fen­dant, ar­gued that no CCTV footage was shown as it was con­ve­nient for the pros­e­cu­tion not to show it. He also said that none of the eye­wit­nesses ever men­tioned Joseph Xuereb. He ar­gued that no de­scrip­tion of the ac­cused ever emerged dur­ing these pro­ceed­ings, as no­body saw him.

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