Accused of raping wife during separation process

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 38-year-old man is being kept under arrest after having been accused of raping his estranged wife.

The man, whose name cannot be circulated by Court order, has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

The defence lawyer asked for the immediate release of the accused and said that even though the couple are living under the same roof and sharing a bed, they are going through a separation process.

The same lawyer also reminded the Court that no bruising or other marks were found on the alleged victim’s body when she was examined by a medical professional, and that the woman kept sleeping next to the man after the sexual act in question.

Magistrate Audrey Demicoli refused the defence lawyer’s request ad remanded the accused under arrest, as the alleged victim still needs to testify.