Blood samples taken from accused’s home matched victim’s

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Blood traces found inside a garage where Jelle Rijpma lived matched that of his alleged victim, Shannon Mak, a court has heard.

Rijpma is accused of murdering Mak, whose throat was allegedly cut by the accused on August 3, 2018. The lifeless body of the victim was found on Triq il-Mastrudaxxi in Santa Venera at 6.15am slumped against the wall between two parked cars. The police had found the victim in a pool of blood.

A court-appointed expert testified in the compilation of evidence on Tuesday against the 23-year-old.

The court-appointed expert analysed blood samples taken from the crime scene by crime officers and from the accused’s clothes. The court expert told the court that the various blood samples taken from the scene and from the accused’s clothes matched that of the victim.

Several traces of blood had been discovered inside the converted garage where Rijpma had been arrested on the day of the murder, where officers found him lying on a sofa watching television. Blood was found near the entrance, on the floor next to the table and fridge, between the dustbin and the sink, as well as on a throw-over.

A mobile phone and a knife which were recovered up the road from the scene of the murder also had blood on them. All samples matched the victim, the court expert said.

Inspectors Kurt Zahra and Robert Vella are prosecuting.

Lawyer Leontine Calleja is defence counsel.