Guest steals €700 in cash gifts dur­ing wed­ding, gets con­di­tional dis­charge

Malta Independent - - News -

A guest who stole some €700 in cash gifts from a wed­ding has been con­di­tion­ally dis­charged af­ter a court was told that she had re­funded the money.

Roanna Mal­lia, 28, from Mel­lieha was sum­moned be­fore mag­is­trate Mon­ica Vella yes­ter­day af­ter­noon by In­spec­tor Mau­rice Curmi, ac­cused of steal­ing cash from a wed­ding at a St Paul’s Bay Ho­tel.

She was also ac­cused of breach­ing the con­di­tions of a con­di­tional dis­charge she had re­ceived in 2016, also for theft.

The po­lice and de­fence ap­proached the bench and dis­cussed the case out of earshot of the press. Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said that the po­lice were called when the woman had been spot­ted help­ing her­self to the con­tents of a new­ly­wed cou­ple’s gift col­lec­tion bas­ket at their wed­ding re­cep­tion on Septem­ber 23.

In­spec­tor Mau­rice Curmi told the court that the ac­cused had re­turned all the money she had stolen. Mal­lia pleaded guilty to the charges.

The court con­di­tion­ally dis­charged the woman for 3 years.

Lawyer Joanne Far­ru­gia was de­fence coun­sel.

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