Father and Son to be charged with vandalising Dejma Cross

Police have closed investigations into an act of vandalism carried out last month on the Dejma Cross in he Handaq industrial area and charges have been brought against a father and his son. Sources close to the investigations told the news centre that the two people have a business in the area.

Two people from Luqa will be arraigned in court next week to face charges of vandalism on the Dejma Cross located in the Ħandaq industrial area, limits of Qormi. The accused are a father and his son who, according to information in possession of the news centre, are very familiar with this area – so much so that they also have a business nearby. The father will also be charged with recidivism and of making a false report to the Police at the Qormi Police Station, just three quarters of an hour after allegedly committing the crime in question.

The acts of vandalism on the Dejma Cross took place on the morning of 21 September, a public holiday, when the area is devoid of workers and therefore unusually quiet. Police investigations were concluded in recent days when the charges were filed in Court. It is not excluded that the acts of vandalism were motivated by the fact that the Qomi Local Council had announced that this Dejma Cross would be restored by the Restoration Directorate.

Handaq Secondary School had remarked on social media that it had long called for the area to be restored and complained about the neglect in the area while insisting that it was unfortunate to have beautiful schools surrounded by illegal dumping of waste including car tyres and garbage bags.

The history of this Dejma Cross dates back to the fifteenth century when Dejma soldiers met in this place before being given instructions on the shores to guard. According to tradition, the word ‘Dejma’ comes from the fact that these soldiers were part of a regiment that was always ready to defend its homeland. The date when this Cross was built is not known, but it dates back centuries.