Prosecution rests its case on Miriam Pace death

Updated 09:29 AM
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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The prosecution has declared that it has no more witnesses to present in the compilation of evidence against the four men deemed responsible for the death of Miriam Pace when her house collapsed due to adjacent construction works continued this morning.

Pace was 54 when she was killed in the rubble of her own Ħamrun home on 2 March.

Four men have been arraigned over the incident: architect Roderick Camilleri, site technical officer Anthony Mangion, contractor Ludwig Dimech and construction worker Nicholas Spiteri. All have been accused of involuntary homicide – with the first three also accused of making a false declaration – and are pleading not guilty.

Though the prosecution presented four witnesses in today’s sitting, proceedings lasted just 15 minutes, since the witnesses simply needed to confirm their involvement in the clearing of the rubble.

All four worked with a crane rental company which was tasked by the Civil Protection Department with helping clear the rubble. One was even exempted from testifying after a colleague confirmed that their roles during the operation were effectively identical.

The compilation of evidence continues on 21 October at 11.30am, when the defence is set to start presenting its case.

Magistrate Joe Mifsud is presiding over proceedings.

09:20 Thank you for following us.
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09:19 The prosecution confirms that it has no more witnesses to present, bringing today's sitting to a quick conclusion.

The compilation of evidence is scheduled to continue on 21 October at 11.30am, with the defence now set to present its evidence.
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09:18 Borg is asked whether the next person slated to testify, Mark Farrugia, accompanied him and carried out the same work.

Once Borg confirms that this is the case, the Court exempts Farrugia from testifying.
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09:15 The third witness is Raymond Borg, who works with the same company.

He confirms driving a van full of tools to the site, and that he similarly followed the CPD's instructions.
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09:13 The crane's operator, Clayton Agius, is next to testify, and again, the testimony is brief.

Agius confirms that the CPD asked him to remove the rubble and elaborates on the crane used and how it was used.
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09:12 He simply confirms that he was asked to provide a crane by the CIvil Protection Department.
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09:12 The first witness of the day is called to testify. Michael Gauci is the owner of the company which was asked to provide a crane on the day of the tragedy.
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09:08 We're now waiting for a number of defence lawyers to come in before proceedings may begin.
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09:06 Miriam's widower Carmel and her son Matthew are present.
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09:05 Good morning, and welcome to our live blog.

We're at Hall 24 at the Law Courts, and Magistrate Joe Mifsud has just come in.
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