was fed up with numerous court postponements
Nicholas Ellul, known as ic-Caqwes, is now history, after dying
an overdose early last week. As reported in last week's MaltaToday,
it was anxiety and fear that drove him to his grave.
Ellul, who resided in Valletta, had stood accused at the time of
his death of murdering Raymond Caruana at the Gudja Nationalist
Party club on 5 December 1986. He was recently undergoing treatment
at Mount Carmel Hospital for severe depression.
Close sources told MaltaToday that ic-Caqwes had been unable to
cope with the fact that he did not know when the jury in his case
would begin - a factor that had made him severely depressed and
A few days before his death, he went to the Law Courts enquiringas
to when his trial would commence. But his brother, who works there
as a messenger, told him "We still don't know."
Ic-Caqwes didn't take the answer lightly and began swearing - and
claiming that that they' were doing this on purpose.
He frequently used to say that his case was politicised and that
he was being persecuted simply because he is a Labour Party supporter.
For years he could not work because no one would employ him and
he was unable to find a job in a hotel or in any similar establishment.
He had a wife to take care of but could not earn money for his family.
Now his wife is left to raise their young boy on her own.
In an application filed before the First Hall of the Civil Court,
Ganni Psaila, il-Pupa, had claimed that he been offered to testify
in the criminal proceedings filed against Nicholas Ellul before
the Magistrates Court.
Psaila had declared that a third party had offered him a presidential
pardon and a sum of money if he told the truth about the case pending
against Ellul. The same third party had also bound Psaila not to
reveal his identity.
Ellul was very upset when Psaila died as he felt that his testimony
would have helped him.
With both Ic-Caqwes and Il-Pupa dead, the truth over the Raymond
Caruana murder may never surface.
Ic-Caqwes had always stated that he was innocent and that he was
being framed. Nicholas Ellul was said to be under great strain lately
and on more than one occasion it was alleged that he was under the
influence of drugs and alcohol.
Some weeks before his death a number of policemen had found Ellul
in a sad state and had taken him to St Luke's.
He was later transferred to Mount Carmel Hospital to receive the
appropriate treatment and medicine. There were times when he had
told his carers that he did not want to receive the medicine and
that he would have been be better off dead.