Suspended sentence after admitting to receiving stolen goods in exchange for drugs
Jordan Azzopardi received a suspended sentence after admitting to receiving stolen electronic goods having a value of €32,000 in exchange for drugs. The 30 year old is still being detained in prison in connection with separate drug trafficking proceedings.
The case in question dates back to last February/ March when Police investigations led to the arrest of an Iranian student – Mohammed Kaveh Tahmasebi Ghareh Shiran, who admitted to having bought an electronic device from a Pieta’ establishment using a stolen cheque book. The Iranian received a four year prison sentence which was appealed. The student had identified Azzopardi as the person likely to have provided him with drugs in exchange for the stolen goods. During searches at Azzopardi’s residence in St. Paul”s Bay in connection with drug trafficking, many of the stolen items were found along with related receipts.
The Court, having considered Azzopardi’s admission and the fact that the good were returned to their owner, sentenced Azzopardi to a thirteen month jail sentence suspended for a period of three years.