Two 18-year-olds liv­ing out of a car plead guilty to string of fuel thefts

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

Two 18-year-old men who were liv­ing out of a car yes­ter­day pleaded guilty to a string of thefts, mainly con­sist­ing of diesel.

The two were also charged with steal­ing a grinder from a car and pur­chas­ing stolen goods. One of the 18-year-olds was also charged with driv­ing with­out a li­cence, steal­ing a car, steal­ing items from a shop and com­mit­ting vol­un­tary dam­age.

One of the two was given three years pro­ba­tion. In this case, prose­cut­ing in­spec­tor Spirid­ione Zam­mit told the court that the ac­cused co­op­er­ated with the po­lice, and even in­formed them of some thefts they were not aware of. The po­lice sus­pect the ac­cused has a soft-drug prob­lem. The pros­e­cu­tion also said that the ac­cused wants to change his life­style, and seemed very sorry for what he had done. Dr Noel Bar­tolo, rep­re­sent­ing the ac­cused, rec­om­mended pro­ba­tion, to which the pros­e­cu­tion did not ob­ject. He will be stay­ing with his sis­ter.

In the case of the sec­ond ac­cused, the po­lice said that this is a dif­fer­ent story. “There is a soft-drug abuse prob­lem,” the pros­e­cu­tion said. In­spec­tor Zam­mit rec­om­mended a sen­tence that would help the ac­cused. Dr Ge­orge An­ton But­tigieg, rep­re­sent­ing the sec­ond ac­cused, re­quested a sen­tenc­ing re­port prior to the court de­cid­ing on the penalty of the crimes, which the pros­e­cu­tion agreed would be help­ful in or­der to know the ac­cused’s back­ground. The in­spec­tor men­tioned that the ac­cused eats rub­bish, cheap food, lives out­side and said that he can­not con­tinue liv­ing like that.

The in­spec­tor, in this case, also said the ac­cused told the po­lice he wants help. The de­fence did not re­quest bail and both par­ties agreed that the sus­pect should be kept away from the more dan­ger­ous prison pop­u­la­tion in or­der for the ac­cused not to be in­flu­enced fur­ther to­wards a life of crime.

Mag­is­trate Josette Demi­coli will de­cide on his penalty after a sen­tenc­ing re­port is con­ducted.

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