Thursday Malta News Evening Roundup

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Good evening,

Malta’s news portals are mainly dominated with the latest developments related to Egrant inquiry and Daphne’s murder and other stories from the court regards the two murders of women which happened recently.

These are how the portals remain the salient news of the day.

 

Shannon Mak, the Dutch woman found murdered outside a Sta Venera apartment in August, had a knife wound round her neck, almost from ear to ear and other reddish marks and bruises on her face, a court was told on Thursday. Officers who witnessed the discovery said the victim had a deep cut on her throat. One officer testified that the victim had been lying on her right side, with a piece of flesh hanging out of her neck. TimesofMalta

 

Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia today said latest developments regarding the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia show that the government did not do its duty “to prevent it” and “to investigate it well to catch whoever commissioned it”. In a statement, Delia said in the last days the constitutional court had stopped the husband (deputy police commissioner Silvio Valletta) of a minister (Justyne Caruana) from investigating the murder. In reply, the government underlined the fact that under our legal system, when a crime such as a homicide occurs, two parallel investigations take place – one conducted by the Police and the other conducted by the Inquiring Magistrate. The Government refers also to the wide powers and discretion which our laws afford to the Inquiring Magistrate. The Malta Independent 

 

Meanwhile, the Court continued to hear witnesses on the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017 on Thursday morning. Europol’s digital forensic expert, who in December assisted the Maltese Police in the finding of an electronic equipment during searches gave evidence before Magistrate Claire Zammit Stafrace. He said that searches were made at St Paul’s Bay, Marsa and Imsida, and that he assisted the Police in finding mobiles, a GPS boat instrument and other equipment.

Evidence was also given by four Police officers from the Forensic Section who participated in the forensic analysis of Mrs Caruana Galizia’s car, the Marsa potato shed and two boats owned by the accused. One of the officers said that he was present at the Marsa potato shed area when Armed Forces divers recovered charges, sim card holders, batteries, VHF radios and mobiles covers from the sea. An officer stated, among other things, that the accused were present at the shed while searches were ongoing and that seven finger prints were elevated on site. Newsbook / TVM

 

Opposition leader Adrian Delia refuses to censor Simon Busuttil over Egrant claims, insisting if the Prime Minister published the full Egrant inquiry he would be saving Parliament from speculative discussions. Malta TodayOne

 

A man accused of strangling his former partner actually went to the local police station to report that she could not be roused from her sleep. This information was revealed in court at the first hearing of the compilation of evidence against Michael Emmanuel, the 28-year old Ivorian national and the father to three of her seven children. The Times of Malta 

 

Self declared satanist was fined €5,000 by Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech, for swearing in court. The man, after several swearing incidents went in court and apologised. The Magistrate said “I accept your apology for the outburst but not your swearing,” the magistrate sternly declared. “Don’t apologise to me but to …..(indicating heavenwards.)” “I’m a satanist, but I respect your beliefs,” retorted the man, turning to indicate a tattooed upside down cross on his neck.” The Malta Independent

 

A man can count himself lucky after losing control of the car he was driving. The accident occurred at the Sliema Strand shortly after 9.10 a.m. A Police spokesperson explained to TVM that the 28-year-old driver, a resident of St Julians, lost control of the car, mounted the centre strip and crashed into two other cars. Although an ambulance was summoned to the scene, the driver refused any assistance.

 

The monthly house loan repayment may weigh heavily on a family’s income but figures out today show that a majority of Maltese families live in loan-free houses. The National Statistics Office said almost 60% of households, or 100,220, are mortgage-free and owned by the people living in them. Malta Today

 

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