A 52 year old man from Valletta has been held in preventive detention after being charged with a string of offences committed on his cousin’s daughter: violent indecent assault, participating in sexual activities with a minor, defilement of a seven year old and being in possession child pornography; as well as being a relapser.
The accused lives in the same block of apartments as the alleged victim who confided in the school counsellor and spoke openly about the abuse. The school reported the matter to the Police at the same time that the girl’s parents filed a report.
Inspector Joseph Busuttil said that the accused admitted to the charges during police interrogation but in court pleaded not guilty .
The court presided over by Magistrate Rachel Montebello ordered a ban on the names of the accused and victim.