Uzbek in­mate charged with 2013 St Ju­lian’s jew­ellery theft after fin­ger­print match

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Neil Camil­leri

A 46-year-old man from Uzbek­istan who is cur­rently serv­ing a prison sen­tence was yes­ter­day charged with steal­ing a con­sid­er­able amount of jew­ellery from a St Ju­lian’s apart­ment three years ago.

Uzbek Zayni­tidin Ab­dusalamov pleaded not guilty to the theft, which took place on 8 March, 2016, in Ge­orge Borg Olivier Street. Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet the stolen jew­ellery was worth more than €2,300.

Through a Rus­sian-lan­guage trans­la­tor, the ac­cused told Mag­is­trate Doreen Clarke that he used to live in St Ju­lian’s be­fore he was im­pris­oned.

Sources said the man had his fin­ger­prints taken when he was taken to the prison over an un­re­lated crime and these matched scans taken from the scene of the rob­bery.

Le­gal aid lawyer Joe El­lis did not re­quest bail since the ac­cused is an in­mate.

In­spec­tor Fabian Fleri pros­e­cuted.

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