Nationalist Party MP Darren Carabott took to social media to highlight the inefficiency of dealing with domestic abuse cases given the sudden murder of Bernice Cassar.
Carabott, impacted with the terrifying case of the shooting which took the life of a 40-year-old mother, wished to reflect about the inefficiency of dealing with domestic abuse cases in the court of law.
‘A week ago I witnessed a court sitting pertaining to domestic abuse wherein the next sitting was scheduled for the 15th of May of 2024. What does this mean?’
He said this implies two options: that either a victim will be left to fear for their life for two whole years or that an innocent person is being wrongly accused and has to also wait for two years to clear their name.
‘These cases are also traumatic for the children and grandparents/relatives involved’.
Carabott highlighted another related problem – that, in a growing population, Malta has 2,152 police officers. ‘This number remained stationary for the past 8 years’ and this is contributing to the fact that domestic abuse will be given lesser priority as resources are stretched thin due to other crimes.
‘Just because you use the words ‘domestic violence’, this problem will not be solved. Show us with facts that you want to solve it.’
He went on to give his condolences to Bernice’s loved ones and excused society for not being able to help her when she needed most.
Paola murder victim had court-issued protection order, Minister reveals
Earlier today, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri revealed that an inquiry will look into whether any state entities failed 40-year-old murder victim Bernice Cassar, who was a victim of alleged domestic violence.
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Cassar was shot dead near the Corradino industrial estate in Paola on Tuesday morning. The Malta Police Force has since initiated a delicate operation to arrest the lead subject.
In a public address, Minister Camilleri stated that the police had investigated reports of alleged domestic violence against the victim, eventually pressing charges against the lead victim.
Despite the report being filed in May, the criminal case will be heard in November 2023. Following discussions with Justice Minister Jonathan Attard, the the two ministers decided to appoint Geoffrey Valencia, a retired judge, to analyse the case and any possible shortcomings.