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UPDATED 2: Prison warder detained under arrest – denies raping prisoner and having sexually abused another while on duty

A 52-year-old prison warder has been detained under arrest after denying accusations of having raped a 15-year-old female minor while he was on duty.

The accused is 52-year-old Joseph Zammit from Kirkop and the offence is alleged to have taken place at the YOURS Section at Mtaħleb. He is also accused of having sexually harassed another 16-year-old girl, an offence that as a public official he is meant to prevent rather than perpetrating.

TVM is informed the incident happened in July when the accused is alleged to have abused the girl is the YOURS section at Mtaħleb. The girl herself informed the authorities of the incident.

Defence lawyer Franco Debono requested conditional bail but this was denied with the Court requesting the Director of Prisons that the accused be sent to the Forensic Section at Monte Carmeli to keep him distanced from the victim. Dr Debono insisted on the presumption of innocence until proven guilty even though the accusation is a serious one.

Magistrate Audrey Demicoli ordered a ban on the publication of the names of the victims. The Prosecution is being lead by Police Inspector Joseph Busuttil.