Libyans accused of stealing handbag from Paceville

Two Libyan men were accused of stealing the bag, whose contents amounted to some €600

Two Libyans appeared in court this morning accused of stealing a handbag from a bar in St Julians.

The court heard how Tarik Ahmed Migiref, 39, and Abdullah Mohmaed, 29, stole a handbag belonging to Blathin Casha on 7 November. The contents inside had a total value of €600 .

Inspector Elton Taliana said that Tarik Ahmed, who currently resides in the Hal Far Open Centre, had a long list of thefts in his criminal record, dated between 2013 and 2015. He is also being accused of breaking his bail conditions. 

Taliana explained how Abdulllah Mohmaed, who also resides in Hal Far, served as a lure to distract the victim while Tarik stole the handbag. 

The defence argued that Abdullah should be granted bail as he does not have the means to leave the country, and his homeland is still highly unstable.

Abdullah, who has a clean police record, was granted bail with a personal guarantee of €3,000. Magistrate Doreen Clarke ordered that the accused should report to the Birzebbugia Police Station every day.

The court denied the request for bail in the case of Tarik Ahmed.