Bail denied for burglar who attempted to break into same house twice

37-year-old Guinean remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to two counts of attempted theft from a house in Hamrun.

A burglar who tried to burgle the same house twice in the space of a month was today remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the attempted theft.

The court heard how on 22 August, the accused, Abou Diallo, 37, of Guinea, allegedly tried to break in a house at Eugenio Street, Hamrun at about 10 pm.

The msn is said to have tried to enter from a window, but for unknown reasons did not succeed in gaining access to the home.

The court heard that even though no one had entered, the home owners suspected that someone had tried to break in and subsequently passed on CCTV footage to the police.

The police, however, never managed to identify the perpetrator behind the theft.

Police Inspector Sarah Magri told presiding Magistrate Francesco Depasquale that on Tuesday, the would-be burglar stuck again, and targeted the same house in Hamrun.

However, this time, passers-by apprehended the man caught trying to break in at about 4am.

Police subsequently arrested the accused, and it later transpired that the accused matched the person who had tried to carry out the first theft.

In his decree, Magistrate Francesco Depasquale, noted that the man does not have a fixed address – claiming that if bail were granted, there is fear that he becomes untraceable.

Taking this into account, the court denied bail and remanded the man in custody.

Inspector Sarah Magri prosecuted while Lawyer Martin Fenech appeared as legal aid.