Man who broke into house in Mgarr granted bail

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

A 29-year-old man from Santa Ven­era to­day was granted bail fol­low­ing charges re­lated to ag­gra­vated theft.

Clifton Grech ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Francesco Depasquale on ac­cu­sa­tions re­lated to a vi­o­lent rob­bery which took place in Mgarr. The court heard how on 10 June this year, the ac­cused broke into a res­i­dence in Sir Temi Zam­mit road and stole more than €2,300 in items.

In­spec­tors Fabian Fleri and God­win Scerri ex­plained that the po­lice mo­bile squad traced the man through CCTV footage.

De­fence lawyer Joe Giglio, who ap­peared for the ac­cused, re­quested bail. He ar­gued that the ev­i­dence col­lected is safely stored in footage by CCTV cam­eras and through mo­bile track­ing and there­fore the ac­cused poses no threat to the ev­i­dence.

The man, who works as a butcher, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

The po­lice in­spec­tor lead­ing the pros­e­cu­tion said that there are vic­tims who still have to tes­tify. He also noted that the mo­bile phone is al­ready in po­lice’s pos­ses­sion. In­spec­tor Fleri ex­plained that the pickup truck which was used when the al­leged crime took place is at the me­chanic fol­low­ing a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent. The pros­e­cu­tion asked to have it taken by the court as an ev­i­dence to the case.

The court noted that the man’s crim­i­nal record is clean. Mag­is­trate Francesco Depasquale granted bail to the ac­cused. He or­dered Grech to re­port at the Ham­run Po­lice sta­tion every Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Sun­day be­tween 5am and 5pm. The ac­cused was or­dered to pay a per­sonal guar­an­tee of €5,000 and a de­posit of €1,000.

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