18 years imprisonment for man who slashed woman’s throat in St. Julian’s
I was afraid that I would never speak again.”
These were the words of a victim of an attempted murder whose throat was slashed after a Libyan man tried to steal her handbag four years ago. Today, the Criminal Court sent convicted the man to 18 years in prison after he admitted to the charges four weeks ago.
The incident took place in St Julian’s in August four years ago when a 33 year old Polish woman and her Maltese girlfriend, who were minding their own business were assaulted by a man who tried snatch their handbag.
CCTV security footage in the area led to the arrest of a 33 year old Libyan Rawad Briga Abdelsam, who resides in Malta. He approached the two women hoping to steal and even ended up assaulting the Maltese women with a knife to her neck.
In court, Rawad Briga Abdelsalam said he did not remember anything and just wanted the whole thing behind him. When he appeared before the Court a month ago, he admitted to the charges before Judge Giovanni Grixti, who wanted to hear the victim before passing the judgment.
In court today, the victim talked about the trauma she went through and the psychological and emotional effects she encounters on a daily basis. She ended with a disfigured neck and even lost her voice for some time after the attempt was made on her life.
Both the prosecution and the defense agreed on 15 years imprisonment, but after hearing the victim’s account, Judge Grixti sentenced the accused to 18 years.
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