Man accused of robbing woman at knifepoint in Ta Xbiex residence

The man was granted bail against a personal guarantee of €10,000, ordered to sign a bail book three times a week and to observe a curfew

(File Photo)
(File Photo)

A man from Ta’ Xbiex has denied robbing a woman at knifepoint inside her home in Testaferrata Street in Ta’ Xbiex on 16 September. 

43- year-old Christopher El Shoushani appeared in the dock before magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo this afternoon, accused of theft aggravated by violence, value and place.

He was also charged with illegally detaining the woman against her will, carrying a weapon during the commission of a theft, carrying a knife in public without a police permit and relapsing.

El Shoushani, who told the court that he worked as a cook, pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Shazoo Ghaznavi, requested bail.

Prosecuting inspectors Joseph Mercieca and Colin Sheldon objected to bail due to the risk of the man tampering with evidence as he lived close to the victim and one of the principal witnesses, though they conceded that he had obeyed his police bail conditions to the letter.

Ghaznavi suggested that bail conditions could be made sufficiently tight as to prevent him from absconding. “There is an allegation that he went and took this person’s money. Trustworthiness is not something I can go into at this stage, but he’s Maltese and in employment.”

The court granted El Shoushani bail against a personal guarantee of €10,000, ordering him to sign a bail book three times a week and observe a curfew. A protection order was issued in favour of the victim.

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