A carpenter was conditionally discharged by the Court for a period of two years after he was found guilty of misappropriating a €12,000 deposit given to him by a couple.
Robert Sciberras was charged that in July 2010 and in previous years, as director of Worksall Ltd he defrauded Stefania Andretta and Stephane Dupont and of misappropriating their money.
Magistrate Charmaine Galea heard that the couple had commissioned the accused to manufacture wooden apertures at their residence in Tas-Sliema. They gave him a deposit of €12,000, however work was never completed and therefore, Andretta lodged a report with the Police.
After some years, the couple said that the carpenter assembled only one door and when they visited his workshop, they found it closed and neighbours told them that he had given up work.
Sciberras told the court that as he had a contract with a Valletta hotel, he handed over his work to another carpenter.
Magistrate Galea stated that there was no proof that he tried to defraude the couple and acquitted him of the fraud charge. He was found guilty of misappropriating the €12,000 deposit given by the couple.
While delivering the sentence, the Court considered that Sciberras had refunded the couple with their deposit.