Six days after he was stabbed with a knife, entrepreneur Hugo Chetcuti has died at the Intensive Care Unit at Mater Dei at about 9pm. He was admitted to hospital shortly after he was attacked on Friday night at his own establishment which is located at Triq Santa Rita, corner with Triq San Ġorġ in Paceville, St Julian’s
Chetcuti, 52, was a successful entrepreneur with a chain of entertainment establishments, restaurants and hotels which all carried his name: Hugo. Chetcuti started off in business in the 80s, with the opening of his first establishment in Paceville, Footloose. Over the years, he continued opening up more establishments, not only in the entertainment sector, but was also considered a pioneer in the local hospitality industry as well.
He recently came out with the concept of opening up venues which bear his own name, with the intension of offering a wide range of restaurants, bars and hotels which offer the best facilities and unique, high-quality services for Maltese and foreign clients. He built his chain of establishments with the support of his siblings, Sheryl and Isaac, as well as his son Luke, who has followed in his father’s footsteps.
It was in fact during the inauguration of another new establishment that Chetcuti was stabbed by a Serbian national, Bojan Cmelik, 35, who was arrested shortly after attacking Chetcuti. He was arraigned in Court last Saturday, around 12 hours after the stabbing. Cmelik pleaded not guilty to the charge of the attempted murder of Chetcuti and was remanded under arrest at the Corradino Correctional Facility.
Hugo Chetcuti had been in the ITU since Friday night where he was operated on as soon as he was rushed to hospital in critical condition and was in danger of dying from his stab wounds. Although for some time his condition was stable, he once again took a turn for the worse, and his death has just been announced.
Hugo Chetcuti still in critical condition
Hugo Chetcuti in critical condition after being stabbed in St Julian’s
Serb accused of attempted murder of Hugo Chetcuti arrived in Malta recently