Police officer charged with daughter’s defilement

Police officer denied bail and remanded in custody over charges of defiling 11-year-old daughter.

A police officer was denied bail after facing charges of the defilement of his 11-year-old daughter.

The officer, whose name cannot be published by court order, is a driver to an assistant commissioner.

He was arrested after a police report was filed by his estranged wife. The two are undergoing separation procedures.

It was the daughter who allegedly told the mother about the abuse she sustained at the hands of her father.

Prosecuting inspector Marie-Louise Calleja insisted that this was a serious crime committed by a public officer and that all precautions were taken during investigation.

The defence, led by lawyers José Herrera and Michael Sciriha, argued that their client is undergoing separation procedures with his wife and that there are outstanding issues on the biological paternity of their child, and over the father's disciplinarian parenting.

The defence argued that their client has served for 25 years in the police force and was due to retire in a month, and asked the courts to consider how delicate this case was given the hardship he would endure even if eventually acquitted.

Inspector Calleja assured the defence that it was her priority, as in any case, to see whether this was a matter of spousal pique, but from the evidence she had collected this was not the case.

She added that as soon as the officer's wife got wind of the accusations from her daughter, the mother fled the matrimonial home and is now living in a social shelter. "Granting the accused bail would leave the mother and daughter as victims, and privilege the abuser by leaving him in the matrimonial home."

Magistrate Claire Zammit Stafrace denied the request for bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges and the possibility of tampering of evidence.

She recommended the director of prisons to provide for the security of the police officer while in custody.