Woman trav­elled to Rus­sia to get an abor­tion af­ter al­leged rape by hus­band

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A 31-year-old man from St Paul’s Bay was yes­ter­day re­manded in cus­tody af­ter the po­lice charged him with vi­o­lently rap­ing his wife.

A court heard how the rape had re­sulted in a preg­nancy and the wife had trav­elled to Rus­sia to have an abor­tion.

The ac­cused, whose name can­not be pub­lished by or­der of the court, pleaded not guilty of rap­ing and threat­en­ing his wife and causing her to fear that vi­o­lence would be used against her.

In­spec­tor John Spiteri told Mag­is­trate Mon­ica Vella that the woman went to the Qawra po­lice sta­tion where she claimed that her hus­band had forced her to have sex with him on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and had also tried to rape her.

But lawyers Franco De­bono and Mar­ion Camil­leri, de­fend­ing the ac­cused, said the woman had filed nu­mer­ous po­lice re­ports only to re­tract them later. They also com­plained about the fact that no wit­nesses had been pre­sented in yes­ter­day’s ar­raign­ment.

The in­spec­tor said the po­lice had spo­ken to the cou­ple’s chil­dren and had taken a state­ment from the woman and, as such there was no fear of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence.

Dr De­bono said this was a del­i­cate case and asked the court to grant bail with strict con­di­tions. He pointed out that the cou­ple was not liv­ing in the same house.

But In­spec­tor Spiteri pointed out that the woman was liv­ing at Dar Merħba Bik not out of choice. He said the woman had re­cently trav­elled to Rus­sia for an abor­tion af­ter she be­came preg­nant as a re­sult of rape. Dr De­bono an­grily ob­jected that the in­spec­tor was tes­ti­fy­ing in­stead of the wit­ness, but Spiteri car­ried on un­de­terred.

He also claimed that the ac­cused had, to­gether with a rel­a­tive, kid­napped the chil­dren and taken them into his cus­tody.

Af­ter con­sid­er­ing all the ar­gu­ments brought for­ward, the mag­is­trate de­nied bail. Mag­is­trate Vella pointed out that the ac­cused had in the past been found guilty of sim­i­lar of­fences and had ig­nored ad­vice to change his ways.

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