UPDATED: Alleged aggressor who stabbed man with knife at Ta’ Qali has been apprehended
A 36-year-old man from Attard was arrested early this morning by the Police from the Rapid Intervention Unit after they spent a night searching for him, in connection with a knife attack last night at Ta’ Qali.
In a statement, the Police said that they were informed of the incident which took place near the car park on the side of the National Stadium at around 11.15pm. They were informed that there was a man at Ta’ Qali who was visibly injured and laying on the ground in a pool of blood.
The Rabat District Police and a medical team from Mater Dei went immediately on the scene and found the man laying on the pavement. An off-duty Police constable who happened to be passing by, stopped to give medical assistance.
The victim, who was later identified as being of Bulgarian nationality, was taken to Mater Dei where he was certified to have sustained grievous injuries.
From investigations it results that a vehicle with its lights on was found in the entrance which leads to the fields . This turned out to be the victim’s car. Traces of blood were found near the vehicle and at the entrance, with the Police cordoning off the area to preserve the scene of the crime.
Police from the RIU arrived immediately on the scene and began searching the surrounding areas for the alleged aggressor but he was not found. The investigations continued throughout the night.
Early this morning, at around 6.45 a.m, Police from the RIU found the alleged aggressor, aged 36, hiding in the common parts of a block of apartments in Attard. The man had some injuries to his legs which were caused by the alleged aggression at Ta’ Qali.
The man was arrested and taken to the Police lock up in Floriana for questioning. Investigations into the motive behind the attack are still ongoing.
Duty Magistrate Dr Gabriella Vella LL.D, ordered an inquiry and appointed various experts to assist her.
Police investigations are being led by the Major Crimes Unit, assisted by the District Police.