UPDATED: Apologised to shop girl during robbery

In the course of a robbery from a pastizzerija in Ħal Għaxaq Kevin Borg suffered from a guilty conscience, as he apologised to the 19-year-old girl in the shop and even told her he would give her back the 20 euro he had stolen from her.

The theft took place on Monday at about 3.15 p.m., with the thief fleeing the scene and being arrested by the Police yesterday afternoon from his residence in Ħal Għaxaq.

41-year-old Kevin Borg stated in court that he is unemployed and admitted to all the charges, including robbery with violence, sequestration of a person and possession of a pointed weapon.

Borg also became a relapser. Inspectors Lydon Zammit, Stephen Gulia and Janette Grixti for the Prosecution stated that at one time the accused had drug problems, but he had overcome these problems after being helped.

The Prosecution added that in recent times, through no fault of his own the accused found himself embroiled in social problems and again ended up with a drug habit.

The girl from the shop told the Police that during the robbery itself, the accused told her he was sorry and added that he would return the money. The Prosecution asked for probation and also requested that the accused be ordered to follow a drug treatment programme in order to regain his past success and free himself from his drug habit.

Defence Counsel explained that the accused’s progress is being followed by a social worker, and agreed with the Prosecution that the sentence should consider the need for the accused to be given the necessary help.

After listening to both parties, Magistrate Astrid May Grima put off sentencing until 10 May.