Bul­gar­ian wo­man de­nied bail after being charged with com­plic­ity to theft of roughly €500

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A 25-year-old Bul­gar­ian wo­man yes­ter­day was charged with being com­plicit in the theft of €430 from an el­derly wo­man and £60 from a Bri­tish na­tional.

Elenka Staneva pleaded not guilty, but her lawyer’s re­quest for bail was turned down after pros­e­cut­ing in­spec­tor Daryl Borg ob­jected on the grounds that the wo­man has no fixed ad­dress in Malta or any ties to the is­land. She is em­ployed as a baby sit­ter in her home coun­try, the courts heard.

The in­ci­dent took place on 24 Oc­to­ber be­tween noon and 2pm, where Ms Staneva and an uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plice had al- leg­edly stolen a purse from an el­derly wo­man at a re­tail out­let in Valletta. The ac­cused, to­gether with her ac­com­plice are charged with with­draw­ing some €350 from the el­derly wo­man’s bank card, and a fur­ther €80 in cash found in the purse.

The ac­cused was re­port­edly caught on CCTV footage with­draw­ing the money from an ATM.

Ms Staneva is also charged with being com­plicit to the theft of £60 (€67) from a Bri­tish na­tional at a sep­a­rate shop in Valletta.

Mag­is­trate Francesco Depasquale presided over the case while le­gal aid Martin Fenech de­fended the ac­cused.

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