39-year-old Josef Farrugia of Hamrun has been remanded in custody after being charged with the theft of 16,000 euro.
In Court, accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. Dr Jason Grima for the defence requested bail, but Inspectors Mario Xiberras and Stacey Attard for the prosecution objected, as another person is involved and has not as yet been traced by the Police.
In reply, Defence Counsel argued that because the Police are looking for another person, this does not mean that Josef Farrugia should be detained under arrest, as he is not to blame for the actions of this person.
Defence further stated that accused was discharged from prison eighteen months ago after having served a 14-year sentence. It added that Josef Farrugia has a drugs problem and requires assistance.
The Court turned down the request for bail because of accused’s colourful criminal record and because he cannot be trusted.