Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Police Inspector and chief prosecutor in the double murder of Christian Pandolfino and Ivor Maciejowski, James Grech, told the court that the prime suspect in the murder had told 36-year-old Viktor Dragomanski – the second person to be arraigned in connection to the case – “let’s go. We’re done here.”
Dragomanski who was was arrested on Wednesday 26 August, appeared before Magistrate Joe Mifsud on Wednesday.
During the proceedings, the chief prosecutor and a police officer testified.
- Viktor Dragomanski was walking his dog when Muka and Kristiansen stopped him and offered him an unspecified “job” which he accepted without questioning;
- The accused told the police that the two other men had no plan;
- He was worried when he saw Muka carrying a gun;
- After the murder took place, Kristiansen booked a taxi to the street on which Dragomanski’s residence in Sliema was located;
- “He ruined my life in 4 minutes” – Dragomanski blamed Muka for the murder;
- Dragomanski knew Kristiansen more than he knew Muka.
The prosecutor told the court that the Dragomanski chose to speak to the police without legal assistance. The accused told the police how he tagged along in the murder without knowing what the “job” is after Daniel Muka, the prime suspect, and the third suspect, saw him on the street.
The accused told the police that he stayed in the car and only went to the residence when the third suspect called him inside.
Once inside the residence, according to the accused’s statement to the police he was under shock when he saw the two men dead. Dragomanski told the police that Muka allegedly told him “let’s go. We’re done here.”
The officer says that the accused was in room 5507. Dragomanski tried escaping by jumping from roof tops, he was later apprehended in the street.
in the brown female handbag business cards belonging to Paula Pandolfino were found.
Grech: Yes. He admitted that he was the one to fold them and place the boot.
Grech: Yes, one of the suspects was wearing black gloves while the others were wearing blue gloves.
Dr Giglio: Did Dragomanski acknowledge that the gloves are his?
Grech: No, honestly I found about the gloves later.
Grech: No. It was evident, because he wanted to earn the money as he said.
Dragonmanski cautioned Muka not to use the gun for any reason.
Grech: Dragomanski was sitting behind the passenger's seat where Kristiansen was sitting while Muka was driving.
Dragonmanski who worked as a security knew Kristiansen more than Muka. Kristiansen would hang out at the bars where Dragonmanski worked.
He knew Muka from Paceville.
Grech: Jesper Kristiansen.
He says that Muka and the other person presumably rang the bell and Pandolfino opened the door.
The other person went to search for Dragomanski and the door had closed. Police Inspector Grech says presumably the door closed and they forced it open.
Grech says they did not clarify whether the door was forced open in the first instance or subsequently.
Can you clarify the entry into the house? he asks.
When they arrived in Sliema, they told him it was a burglary. He waited in the car. He saw Muka carrying a gun and warned him to use it cautiously. It was the third suspect who had gone for him in the car.
Dragomanski told the police that he saw Pandolfino taking his last breath.
He went upstairs and saw the second victim.
Muka came out of the bedroom and told him: "Let's go. We're done here."
Dragomanski told the police that he was in shock and had to be moved out.
He told the police that there was no plan, it was disorganized.
Dragomanski did not know whether it had to do with drugs, a fight or a burglary.
He was informed about his rights, but insisted on talking. He says that he ended his statement on 3am.
The police collected his belongings. A pair of gloves were found. Police Inspector exhibits the gloves.
An employee who was questioned in relation to the case, told the police that the man had asked for the WiFi password of the shop.
Daniel Muka was arrested on 25 August at around 1pm. The police seized a glock pistol and a pendant belonging to Pandolfino.
It was observed that no cars left the parking area.
The CCTV footage showed three men walking down Triq Ursolini at 10.44pm.
The three men were seen stopping at the Msida bus stop on Marina Street at 10.47pm.
The CCTV footage from Brown's Pharmacy shows a tall man walking ahead of other two. The tall man [Daniel Muka] was seen drinking and had an elbow support.
A police officer at the Valletta Police Station confirmed that Muka was wearing an elbow support when he signed the bail book some days earlier.
Footage from a side camera on a bus showed the three men waiting together.
Masks, gloves, wigs, an imitation of an AK-47, an imitation of another rifle, and the stolen number plates used during the commission of the crime were found in the luggage boot.
A police officer found the car in a parking area with a different set of stolen number plates.
The number plates were used on a Peugeot 107.
Licence plates were stolen from Paceville.
The VW Tiguan was reported stolen on 24 September 2018.
10.10pm Christian Pandolfino was seen returning home from a family dinner which finished around 10pm.
10.13pm The getaway car was seen scouting the area.
It then parked some 80m away from the residence.
10.19pm: A tall male subject and a shorter chubby male wearing a black trousers with a white stripe, a base ball cap and a surgical mask were seen walking to the house.
Maciejowski was shot dead from the stairs between the first and second landing. It appears that the victim was proceeding downstairs after hearing the shots.
Ransacking inside the house was minimal.
The two victims had missing jewelry. it was evident that after killing them, the perpetrators snatched gold necklaces off their neck.
Pandolfino used to wear eight necklaces. There were several pendants on the floor indicating that necklaces were missing.
A lever was used to force open the door.
Three male subjects were seen entering the residence in Sliema and were seen leaving in a white Volkswagen.
An eyewitness was smoking a cigarette on the balcony saw the three suspects entering and leaving the residence.
Another eyewitness saw the three male suspects leaving. He had come out after hearing the shots.
They're bringing him up, Police Inspector James Grech replies.
Present in the courtroom are Legal Aid lawyer Joe Brincat, the prosecutors, and parte civile lawyers.
Dragonmanski was charged with the couple’s murder on 18 August, theft, extortion, possession of a weapon during the commission of the offences, handling stolen goods, stealing a vehicle and switching its number plates with other stolen ones. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police Inspectors James Grech and Colin Sheldon are leading the prosecution.
Legal aid lawyer Dr Joe Brincat is appearing for the accused.
Lawyers Joe Giglio and Roberta Bonello appeared parte civile for the Pandolfino and Maciejowski family.