Small statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel found under debris, presented in court

The compilation of evidence against the four individuals accused of Miriam Pace’s death continued today.

Miriam Pace, a mother of two, who was killed inside her family home when it came crashing down as a result of construction work in an adjacent site, suffered from anxiety due to the ongoing construction works.

11:13 Today's court session has been adjourned for tomorrow at 9 am.
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11:11 The documents presented today are the original copies of what had already been presented during the last court session.
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11:09 He presented to the court four statements by:

Anthony Mangion
Architect Roderick Camilleri
Another statement by Anthony Mangion
Another statement by Roderick Camilleri
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11:08 Police Inspector Matthew Galea takes the witness stand.
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11:06 Next to take the witness stand is Dr Michael Spiteri.

He said that he together with the rest of the team were on stand by to assist any injured people.

He said that at around 10pm on that day they saw traces of blood which belonged to Miriam Pace.
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11:06 Dr Joslin's testimony ends here.
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11:04 He is a consultant emergency physician.
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11:02 The next witness, Dr Johnathan Joslin is giving the details of the operation and the information received by the Civil protection department.
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11:00 Graham's Attard testimony ends here.
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11:00 Attard confirmed that the court had ordered him to prepare a report and hand it over to the court.
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10:59 As they removed the roofs which had collapsed they had to continue removing the debris.
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10:58 The search with the penetration cameras took over than an hour until the crane was onsite.
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10:58 They had decided to use penetration cameras.
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10:56 The witness said that the initial report was that there were two people trapped; Miriam and her son.

Ultimately it was concluded that it was Miriam alone who was trapped.
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10:55 He immediately conducted a risk assessment report.
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10:54 Architect working within the CPD, Graham Attard, takes the witness stand.
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10:54 Anthony Pisani's testimony ends here.
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10:52 The statue is of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Magistrate Mifsud ordered for this statue to be presented to Carmel Pace.
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10:51 Pisani presented the court with a small statue that was found and handed to him during the operation.
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10:49 He is also explaining that once Miriam's phone was located they instructed the dogs to continue the search.

He explained that it was important that no person was to climb on top on the rubble until Miriam was to be found or located in order not to cause any further damages.
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10:47 Pisani is explaining how the tasks were being assigned and how the operation took its course.
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10:46 He is an operational manager.
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10:45 Mr Pisani is next to take the witness stand.
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10:45 Coleiro's testimony ends here.
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10:43 Coleiro said it was a difficult task to remove all the debris. He also said that at one point they had located Miriam Pace's mobile phone so they thought that she might be somewhere near under the debris.
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10:42 He said they used drones to help them in the operation.
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10:41 He said they received a call at around 2:30 pm, that a building has collapsed and that people might be trapped under it.
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10:41 Coleiro said he is stationed at ta' Kandja.
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10:40 Peter Paul Coleiro, deputy director of the CPD takes the witness stand.
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10:40 Emmanuel Psaila's testimony ends here.
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10:39 Psaila said that he was aware that the operation could take time and he ordered for lights so that the CPD could continue with the search late at night.
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10:37 He continued to explain that initially, they had received a call that a wall had collapsed but in reality, it was a house and the garage underneath it.
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10:36 "It was a delicate situation. During our work we always had to be careful as we always hope to find the person alive" said Psaila.
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10:36 They had to bring specific equipment in order to remove large pieces of concrete.
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10:35 The Civil Protection immediately declared the accident as a major one.
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10:34 Psaila said he immediately left the meeting and went down to the site to control the situation from there.
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10:34 They were in a meeting with health authorities discussing how they will handle the coronavirus pandemic.
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10:34 Psaila said that he received the message after 2pm.
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10:32 The director of the Civil Protection Department, is explaining how on the day he received an sms to inform him that a building has collapsed and there might be people trapped.
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10:32 Psaila takes the witness stand.
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10:31 The director of the Civil Protection, Emannuel Psaila will testify today.
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10:30 Magistrate Mifsud expressed his condolences to the Pace family as during the past few days they suffered another loss, that of Miriam Pace's mother.
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10:29 Magistrate Mifsud is already present inside the courtroom.
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10:28 Police Inspectors Robert Vella and Matthew Galea are prosecuting.

Lawyers Arthur Azzopardi and Alfred Abela are appearing on behalf of the architects.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri are assisting the labourer. Lawyers Michael Sciriha, Roberto Montalto, Lucio Sciriha and Franco Galea are counsel to the contractor.

Lawyers Joe Giglio and David Bonello are appearing for the Pace family while Dr Stefano Filletti is assisting other neighbours.
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10:27 Magistrate Joe Mifsud is presiding over the court.
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10:26 We are live from courtroom 22.
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10:25 Good morning.
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