“He was a jovial person; would become violent when drunk”

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A number of people who knew the 22-year-old who stands accused of murdering a 30-year-old Dutch woman described the accused with the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf. Some described the man as jovial while others were more cautious and said that he would become violent when drunk.

Others who know the man said that they would wait for the outcome of the trial as they were finding it difficult to believe what has been reported so far.

Telegraaf is following the case closely.

The accused who used to live in Sneek, worked in the hospitality industry since he was 16 and came to Malta about a year and a half ago.

His friends also said that when he had visited Holland he reportedly said that his relationship was going well and that he was happy in Malta. Others said that due to the fact that he was a heavy drinker, he had had accidents such as falling off his bike and also got involved in fights. Others said that the accused would make use of drugs, however this would not usually lead to such drastic consequences.

Shannon Mak was found lifeless between two cars with stab wounds around her neck in Triq il-Mastrudaxxi Santa Venera on Friday at around 6.15am. Her ex-boyfriend, a 22-year-old Dutch national, was arrested and arraigned in Court. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.