Trial of Etienne Bartolo, charged with murder of Roderick Grech, postponed indefinitely
The Court has again postponed the trial by jury of Etienne Bartolo, who is charged with the murder of Roderick Grech, because of an appeal filed before the Constitutional Court by the victim’s family.
The First Hall of the Civil Court, Mr Justice Robert Mangion presiding, turned down an appeal filed on Tuesday by the victim’s family, in which it argued for postponement of the trial as the list of jurors had not been published in the Government Gazette before the commencement of the trial. Lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri and Amadeus Cachia, acting parte civile, stated they had drawn the attention of the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police to this shortcoming, but they had not been kept abreast of latest developments in the wake of this correspondence.
Mr Justice Mangion decided that the trial, which had been postponed from Monday to Wednesday, did not upset the serenity of the jurors, as argued in the application by the victim’s family.
The victim’s family’s lawyers appealed the decision, and the Court, Madam Justice Consuelo Scerri Herrera presiding, had to grant an indefinite postponement of the trial until the appeal is decided by the Constitutional Court.
Etienne Bartolo, known as Il-Vojt, is charged with the murder of 26-year-old Roderick Grech of Naxxar, who had been known as iċ-China, after Bartolo allegedly stabbed Grech in Birkirkara during a fight which ensued between them in connection with some drugs-related business which had gone wrong.
Lawyers Edward Gatt and Mark Vassallo are appearing on behalf of the accused