Saviour Gaffarena’s brother admits to possession of a weapon with intent to commit a crime
Two men have admitted in Court to the possession of an unlicensed weapon and to plotting with the intention of committing a crime. TVM is informed the case is linked to Wednesday’s murder in the limits of Żurrieq.
Four days ago 27-year-old Saviour Gaffarena was killed by shots from a firearm, whilst his 17-year-old cousin suffered grievous injuries. Two other youths, Leon Debono and Owen Schembri, both 18-year-olds, have been charged with the murder.
The men, 30-year-old Miguel Gaffarena from Imqabba who is the victim’s brother, and 63-year-old Joseph Polidano from Ħal Kirkop, were charged late yesterday with having, whilst in Imqabba or in other areas of Malta on 1 August or on preceding days, kept in a building or had in their possession an unlicensed firearm.
Arraigned before Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras, the men were also charged with association with intent to commit a crime in Malta which is punishable by a term of imprisonment.
TVM is informed that Gaffarena was arraigned under arrest because of his psychological state after the murder of his brother, with family members themselves having reported to the Police their concerns about his intentions.
Both men pleaded guilty as charged, with Gaffarena being sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for 18 months as well as being placed under a 12-month probation order, and with Polidano being fined 800 euro.
The prosecution in this case was conducted by Senior Inspector Melvyn Camilleri.
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