Bail de­nied for man charged with Qormi bur­glary

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

An el­derly man with an ap­par­ent drug prob­lem has been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter be­ing charged with com­plic­ity in a bur­glary.

An­thony Balzan, 63, from Qormi, pleaded not guilty to charges of com­plic­ity in bur­glary, han­dling stolen goods, com­mit­ting an of­fence dur­ing the op­er­a­tive pe­riod of a sus­pended sen­tence and re­cidi­vism.

In­spec­tors Rod­er­ick Agius and Shaun Frig­gieri told Mag­is­trate Marseann Far­ru­gia that the man had been arrested in con­nec­tion with the bur­glary of a house in Qormi which oc­curred last week.

Lawyer Len­nox Vella re­quested bail.

In­spec­tor Agius ob­jected. The po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crime and had iden­ti­fied a per­son who was yet to be arrested, the in­spec­tor said. There were oth­ers who the po­lice had spo­ken to and who still needed to tes­tify, he added. He also ob­jected to bail for the man’s own well-be­ing. “He’s in a bad state and would ben­e­fit from a su­per­vi­sion or­der while un­der ar­rest to help him find his feet. He de­nies be­ing on drugs but we have rea­son to be­lieve that he is, both due to his ap­pear­ance and the com­pany he’s keep­ing. He’s liv­ing in a garage in Qormi. The owner is un­der ar­rest and the owner’s mother has changed the lock. Ev­ery­thing in­di­cates that he has a prob­lem,” the in­spec­tor said.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s sit­ting, Balzan was per­plexed as to why he was in the dock and in­sisted that all he had done was give some­one a lift.

Vella pointed out that the ac­cused was ‘ad­vanced’ in years and a fam­ily man. “Prison is not his place,” said the lawyer.

The court de­nied bail on the grounds that the ac­cused could con­tact wit­nesses, but in view of the cir­cum­stances of the case, the mag­is­trate is­sued a pro­vi­sional su­per­vi­sion or­der, pro­vid­ing the man all the as­sis­tance and treat­ment he needs to deal with his prob­lem.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.