WATCH: Sergeant charged with rape after woman reported a burglary – footage found of alleged rape
A Police Sergeant with 18 years of service has been remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the rape of a woman who allegedly phoned the Police station after she had been burgled.
The Prosecution explained that on the night of 16-17 April, 40-year-old Glen Carabot, a Sergeant stationed at Qawra, received a report of a burglary and went to investigate. Allegedly, here he had sex with the victim, which had not been consensual.
The Prosecution added that following this incident, no report was entered about the burglary and neither was an investigation started to retrieve the stolen items.
The accused’s lawyer argued there is no fear of tampering with evidence as the victim’s evidence is preserved, and for this reason, his client should be granted bail.
The Prosecution objected because of the nature and seriousness of the crime, which is aggravated because of the fact that the accused is a public officer and was duty-bound to assist the victim. The Prosecution argued that the accused had called the victim after working hours, and therefore the fear of tampering with evidence is real. It was further stated that there might be a need for more evidence because of video footage of the rape found on the accused’s mobile.
After hearing submissions on the request for bail, Magistrate Gabriella Vella denied the request in light of the crime, the evidence of the alleged victim and because of more evidence still to be heard.