More foren­sic of­fi­cers tes­tify in journalist’s mur­der case

Malta Independent - - News -

Ge­orge De­gior­gio, his brother Al­fred De­gior­gio and as­so­ciate Vince Mus­cat were back in court yes­ter­day, as the com­pi­la­tion of ev­i­dence against them con­tin­ues. The three are ac­cused with the mur­der of journalist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia.

A num­ber of re­ports were pre­sented in yes­ter­day morn­ing’s brief sit­ting, for which the vic­tim’s par­ents and sis­ters were present. Two foren­sic unit of­fi­cers took the wit­ness stand to tes­tify re­gard­ing the search un­der­taken at Ge­orge De­gior­gio’s flat in St Paul’s Bay.

The of­fi­cers said they lifted fin­ger­prints from the apart­ment, re­trieved sev­eral items and col­lected sam­ples for DNA test­ing.

Two other of­fi­cers, who were tasked with car­ry­ing out searches - on 4 De­cem­ber - at GO’s Marsa head of­fice, a parked Toy­ota Aygo ve­hi­cle, and a build­ing in Zab­bar, also gave tes­ti­mony.

They pre­sented to court the pho­tos taken in re­la­tion with their searches, in­clud­ing fin­ger­print images.

In a sit­ting on the case yes­ter­day, foren­sic of­fi­cers told the court that de­vices had been col­lected from cars parked out­side the potato shed and re­gatta club in Marsa, and from two ves­sels.

De­vices were also lifted from the bot­tom of the sea, and from lo­ca­tions in St Paul’s Bay and Sig­giewi.

Amongst these were de­vices sent to Europol’s The Hague head­quar­ters for more ex­am­i­na­tion.

The case con­tin­ues on 25 Oc­to­ber.

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