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UPDATED: “Leave me alone or I’ll smash the court hall” – 14-year old teenager charged with car thefts

A 14-year old male teenager, accused with stealing various cars, resisted to be handcuffed in Court after the Magistrate ordered he is remanded in custody. He was heard shouting “leave me alone or I’ll smash the Court hall”.

The teenager, together with another 15-year old boy, were remanded in custody after being accused with 23 charges, including the theft of various cars and damaging vehicles in various localities in Malta.

They were also accused of stealing car registration plates, changing car plates, driving without a licence and insurance, possessing a pointed instrument and threatening other persons, among others.

The Police said that the majority of the cases occurred between the 22nd and 24th October.

The Police said they were arrested on Sunday afternoon while two Rapid Intervention Unit officers were on patrol in Ħaż-Żebbuġ and noted a vehicle being driven in a suspicious way. Shortly afterwards, they were informed by the Police control room that the car was reported stolen earlier in the day from Birkirkara.

When they noticed the police presence, the 14-year old driver started driving in various roads to evade them. Police said that the car then stopped and the two teenagers tried to escape on foot, however they were immediately arrested.

The two teenagers, both remanded in custody, were accompanied in Court by their parents and grandparents, probation officers and social workers.

Magistrate Doreen Clarke heard how the two, who reside in Mosta and Ħal Safi, were arrested while driving a stolen car in Birkirkara.