Man ac­quit­ted in trial by jury

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A 53-year-old man, Joseph Xuereb, was yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted from be­ing com­plicit to theft and vi­o­lence against a num­ber of el­derly per­sons.

Mr Xuereb was ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in three thefts which took place in 2012. He was ac­cused of wait­ing in cars while a sec­ond per­son would carry out the thefts.

The vic­tims were all el­derly, aged be­tween 78 and 82 years of age.

Judge Ed­wina Grima, pre­sid­ing over the case, said that she could not find the ac­cused guilty based on con­jec­ture and main­tained that the proof brought for­ward by the pros­e­cu­tion was too weak.

For this rea­son, Mr Xuereb was ac­quit­ted of all charges.

The pros­e­cu­tion was made up of lawyers Kristina De­bat­tista and An­thony Vella from the of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, while lawyers Franco De­bono and Arthur Az­zopardi rep­re­sented the ac­cused.

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