UPDATE (6): Man murdered at Għarb had threatened partner with acid attack
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An Egyptian who lived in Marsalforn is the victim of the first murder this year. The man, a father of two children, was found dead in a field in the limits of Gharb. The victim was known to police.
Two years ago he was sentenced to five months in prison after threatening his partner. She had testified in Court that he wanted to disfigure her with acid if she permits their children to allow them attend religion lessons at school.
It was a normal day for a farmhouse owner who this morning went to feed his animals at a field in the area of San Dimitri chapel in the limits of Gharb. At one moment he discovered a dead rat in the farmhouse and went to dispose of the animal near the farmhouse. There he saw a macabre scene: a man lying on the ground, face up and with his head in a pool of blood. The man’s body was found at around 7.30 am when the farmhouse owner, also from Gharb, reported the case immediately to the Police.
Sources told the news centre that the man was killed with gunshots. Two cartridges were elevated from the murder scene. The victim is 42-year old Egyptian, Walid Salah Abdel Motaleb Mohammed from Marsalforn. His car was found parked in a major road in Rabat, Gozo.
Magistrate Paul Coppini has been informed, and has appointed a number of experts to assist with a Magisterial Inquiry.
Eddie Attard, a researcher on crime cases, told Television Malta that this is the seventh murder in Gozo since the beginning of the century and the second involving a foreign victim in Gozo. Another foreign national was killed in November 2015 when a Dutch elderly woman, Vera Holm, was found dead in a valley near Rabat. This murder has not been solved.
Today’s victim is not a new face for the police. Inspector Bernard Charles Spiteri, one of the investigators on the murder, two years ago accused Walid Salah of assaulting his partner, causing her slight injuries. He had threatened her that if she lets the children attend religion lessons at a primary school, he will throw her acid in her face.
Presiding Magistrate Joe Mifsud had said that the accused was creating tension in society and was damaging Islam’s name. The Egyptian was sentenced to twelve months in prison, but had appealed the sentence which was reduced to five months in prison.