Drug ad­dict given 12 years in jail for theft which led to death of el­derly woman

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A court yes­ter­day sen­tenced a man to 12 years in prison for com­mit­ting two thefts, one of which led to the death of an el­derly woman.

Richard At­tard, 35, com­mit­ted the thefts with two other men to fi­nance their drug ad­dic­tion.

The woman, 80-year-old Rose Gar­roni, was found out­side an apart­ment block at Sliema’s Dingli Cir­cus by a passer-by on 8 De­cem­ber 2010 at around 7:15pm.

The court, presided over by Madam Jus­tice Ed­wina Grima, was told how af­ter the el­derly lady re­sisted the at­tack, the ag­gres­sor shoved her vi­o­lently, caus­ing her to fall and smash her head on the pave­ment. As the vic­tim lay bleeding, the ag­gres­sor ran off with her bag to a get­away car, a dark Fiat Uno bear­ing reg­is­tra­tion plate BAD 189, the court was told.

The ac­cused then drove with his part­ners to Cot­ton­era to con­sume drugs and af­ter drove back to Sliema to com­mit an­other theft.

On Man­wel Dimech Street at 8:15pm the very same day, the men at­tacked Maria Cas­sar, 88, and stole her hand­bag. Mrs Cas­sar was left in a state of shock with in­juries to her shoul­der.

On 24 Novem­ber this year, At­tard had ad­mit­ted guilt of his part in or­der to avoid a trial by jury.

He was sen­tenced to 12 years’ im­pris­on­ment, to­gether with a €1,000 fine which would be con­verted to fur­ther jail time if not paid by the ac­cused.

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