Dingli shooting: Farmer behind attack identified by police through CCTV footage

73-year-old farmer behind Simblija shooting, which left 49-year-old Noel Ciantar seriously injured, remanded in custody

The scene of the incident (Photo: Luke Vella/mediatoday)
The scene of the incident (Photo: Luke Vella/mediatoday)

73-year-old Joseph Micallef has been remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to shooting Noel Ciantar in Simbllija on Friday.

Micallef, who is a farmer, was charged with shooting Ciantar and causing him serious bodily injuries, on Sunday afternoon.

The police said on Sunday morning that the elderly aggressor was identified following investigations by the police corps’ major crimes unit, and was arrested on Saturday evening.

The police said the man was taken to the Floriana lockup for further interrogation, and will be charged in court on Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened in the area known as Wied Ħazrun, in the environs of the medieval village of Simblija in the outskirts of Dingli.

The Court heard how the man was identified using CCTV cameras in the area, with the accused appearing to be holding a weapon. It also heard how the victim and the aggressor had a history of quarrels between them, so much so that Ciantar had listed Micallef as one of the possible attackers.

The prosecution told the Court that accused had admitted with the police that it was him that shot Ciantar, while also detailing the incident.

The defence requested Micallef be released on bail, with the prosecution objecting to the request.

The accused was remanded in custody.