UPDATED: Żurrieq homicide suspects detained under arrest

Leon Debono and Owen Schembri both aged 18, who reside in different apartments in the same block at Kirkop, have been arraigned in Court and accused of the homicide of Saviour Gaffarena and the attempted homicide of his cousin, 17-year-old Vince Gaffarena who has been hospitalised in a critical but stable condition at Mater Dei Hospital.

Facing Duty Magistrate Ian Farrugia the two youths were accused of having used a firearm they held without Police permission.

They were arraigned by Police Inspectors Keith Arnaud, Kurt Zahra and Melvin Camilleri. Inspector Arnaud explained the shooting had taken place on Wednesday at about 11.30 pm with Vince Gaffarena having driven the vehicle from Ħal Millieri to Triq il-Konvoj ta’ Santa Marija in Mqabba with the dead body of his cousin beside him. It appears that it was Vince Gaffarena who wrote down the names of the alleged killers and passed the paper to Police. The two suspects were arrested three hours later at Kirkop.

Arraigned in Court the two suspects said they are unemployed and did not request bail and were retained under arrest.



Police have stated that the firearm that was allegedly used in the killing of 27-year-old Saviour Gaffarena and the wounding of his 17-year-old cousin, Vince Gaffarena, last Wednesday has been found.

The shooting happened at Ħal Millieri, limits of Żurrieq, with the vehicle in which the two youths were riding continuing to be driven to Mqabba.

A Police statement said the firearm was found concealed in a tree in a field at Kirkop.

It added that the Police Homicide Squad together with District Police continued with investigations in recent hours and the Police are now in a position to arraign two youths in Court.

The suspects, aged 18 and 19, were arrested at Kirkop just three hours after the homicide.

They are expected to be arraigned in Court this evening to face Duty Magistrate Ian Farrugia where they will be accused of the homicide, among other accusations.

Meanwhile the condition of the wounded 17-year-old Vince Gaffarena who was wounded in his chest and face is still in a grievous condition, although he is stable and recovering at Mater Dei Hospital.

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