Woman charged with swin­dling two el­derly women of €100,000

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A court has de­nied bail to an al­leged con­fi­dence trick­ster who preyed on two el­derly women.

34-year-old maid Miriam Caru­ana, who has other pend­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of swin­dling el­derly vic­tims, was ar­raigned be­fore mag­is­trate Claire Stafrace Zam­mit yes­ter­day morn­ing.

In­spec­tors Yvonne Far­ru­gia and Saviour Bal­dacchino ac­cused the woman of tar­get­ing two women, aged 91 and 80 years old, tak­ing over €100,000 from them, by be­friend­ing them and con­vinc­ing her vic­tims to hand over bank cards and cash.

She was charged with mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion and fraud, as well as the theft of a gold neck­lace.

Caru­ana was fur­ther ac­cused of breach­ing the con­di­tions of three sus­pended sen­tences which she was handed in the last two years, as well as be­ing charged with re­cidi­vism. Caru­ana pleaded not guilty. Lawyer Franco De­bono re­quested bail, ar­gu­ing that the woman had co­op­er­ated fully with the po­lice.

The court said that its only in­ter­est at this stage was that the wit­nesses are able to tes­tify serenely.

Bail was de­nied prin­ci­pally due to the two vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims not hav­ing tes­ti­fied. They will tes­tify in the next sit­ting.

Lawyer Yanika Vidal was also de­fence coun­sel. Lawyer Stephen Tonna Low­ell ap­peared parte civile for the vic­tims.

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