CCTV footage shows rape ac­cu­sa­tions of a woman to be false

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

A 21-year-old woman from Zab­bar has been charged with falsely ac­cus­ing a bus driver of rape.

Mag­is­trate Neville Camil­leri heard that po­lice in­spec­tors Joseph Busut­til and Christa­belle Chet­cuti had re­ceived a re­port from the ac­cused that she had been raped by a bus driver on 14 Novem­ber.

How­ever, CCTV footage on the bus doc­u­mented the early morn­ing en­counter and ac­cord­ing the po­lice it showed that the act was “clearly con­sen­sual”.

The young woman, who is rep­re­sented by lawyer Gian­nella de Marco, en­tered a not guilty plea to the charges of falsely ac­cus­ing a per­son she knew to be in­no­cent, ju­di­cial per­jury and fab­ri­ca­tion of ev­i­dence.

The ac­cused was granted bail against a de­posit of €1,500 and a per­sonal guar­an­tee of €10,000.

The name of the ac­cused can­not be pub­lished by court or­der.

MPT state­ment

Malta Pub­lic Trans­port said in a state­ment it was re­quested by the po­lice to pro­vide CCTV footage from on board one of its buses on Mon­day 14 Novem­ber 2016.

“With­out go­ing into the mer­its of the case, con­cur­rent and im­me­di­ate in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­cluded that gross mis­con­duct oc­curred on the com­pany’s staff bus which was not op­er­at­ing a pub­lic trans­port ser­vice, and the em­ployee in ques­tion was sus­pended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect that same day. Dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings are cur­rently un­der­way.”

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