Home­less woman charged with hold­ing up fast food restau­rant, lotto booth

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A woman has been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter she was charged with com­mit­ting two hold ups.

Claire Pol­i­dano, 42, pleaded not guilty be­fore Mag­is­trate Donatella Frendo Dimech af­ter she was charged with rob­bing a McDon­ald’s in Birkirkara on 7 Oc­to­ber, and a lotto booth on 2 Oc­to­ber.

The home­less woman was charged with ag­gra­vated theft, de­tain­ing per­sons against their will, car­ry­ing a knife in pub­lic and breach­ing a num­ber of court or­ders.

The court noted that three per­sons had been held at knife­point. Bail was re­quested. The pros­e­cu­tion ob­jected to bail as civil­ian wit­nesses were yet to tes­tify, the ac­cused had breached a num­ber of sen­tences and had no fixed ad­dress.

Both the pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence told the court that the woman needed treat­ment. Bail was de­nied. Fenech ap­pealed to the court to de­tain the woman at Mount Carmel Hospi­tal. The Court com­mu­ni­cated the re­quest to the direc­tor of prison for his in­put.

In­spec­tors Ly­don Zam­mit, El­ton Taliana and Fabian Fleri pros­e­cuted.

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