Two Maltese men, Sean Grech (33) and Johan Cassar (34), both residents of Cospicua, have been charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, unlawful detention, carrying a weapon while committing a crime, and carrying an unlicensed knife following a stabbing incident in Cospicua.
The victim, a 36-year-old Libyan man, had walked into a police station with stab wounds and reported the incident.
The victim recounted that he had entered a house and encountered Grech and Cassar. One of the men approached him from behind and stabbed him despite his inquiry about the knife.
The police, with an arrest warrant, later entered the house where only Josef Grech was found. The other two suspects were arrested and detained, but Josef Grech was released without charges.
During the arraignment, the defence lawyers argued that their clients hadn’t seen the victim’s recorded statement before being questioned by the police. The body cam footage of the statement was not yet available.
However, the police explained that the accused were informed of the charges against them. The defense requested a psychiatrist’s assessment due to their clients’ refusal of legal assistance during questioning and their drug addiction issues.
The court granted the request and also ordered drug tests. The accused were remanded in custody, and the prosecution was led by attorney general lawyer Ramon Bonett Sladden, alongside police inspectors Kurt Farrugia and Antonello Magri.