Estranged husband Roderick Cassar is set to be charged by the police for the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Bernice Cassar in Paola on Monday 22nd November.
42-year-old Cassar will be the first person to be charged with femicide in Malta after the law was introduced earlier this year in the aftermath of Paulina Dembska’s violent murder on New Year’s Day.
Femicide is an aggravated version of the homicide offence, a law which encourages judges to seek harsher sentences for murders which are committed on women because they are female. Cassar was arrested on Wednesday after police spent 17 hours in front of his Qrendi home attempting to convince him to give himself up.
Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri are representing Cassar while lawyers Stefano and Marita Pace Dimech are appearing for the victim’s family parte civile.
On Friday, the international day for elimination of violence against women, local activists will gather outside Malta’s police headquarters to ask who will answer for Malta’s femicides.