WATCH: Bail request denied for youth charged with policeman’s attempted murder
The youth charged with the attempted murder of policeman Simon Schembri, who was run over in an incident at Luqa yesterday morning, has been arraigned in Court. The youth, 17-year-old Liam Debono of Tarxien, who works as a labourer, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Besides being charged with attempted murder, the youth is also facing 22 other charges, including attacking constable Schembri, driving a vehicle with false number plates, driving without a licence and insurance cover, theft of number plates, and becoming a relapser.
Defnce lawyers Drs Franco Debono and Amadeus Cachia requested bail, but Inspectors Fabian Fabri, Pierguido Saliba and Chantelle Casha for the Prosecution objected to this requested because of the seriousness of the crime, as accused can end up with a life sentence if found guilty. Lawyer Andy Ellul is appearing parte civile.
The Court, Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech presiding, did not accede to Defence Counsel’s request, and did not release the youth from arrest because of lack of trustworthiness of accused and possible tampering with evidence.
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