Jury for murder trial dissolved after selection process

The trial by jury of Etienne Bartolo known as “il-Vojt” who stands accused of the murder of Roderick Grech, 26, known as “iċ-Cina” was dissolved on Tuesday morning after three members of the jury were exempted.

The murder trial had already been postponed twice.

The stabbing took place on 29 March 2017 on Triq Tumas Fenech in Birkirkara, when the victim and his alleged aggressor had met to settle a drugs debt. The victim had allegedly called for help saying that he was stabbed by “il-Vojt”.

The trial had already been postponed twice last September.

Following Madam Justice Consuelo Scerri Herrera’s address to the jurors, it was brought to the notice of the court that three of the jurors had to be replaced. One of the jurors had to be replaced due to health issues while two others could be exempted by court.

The court had no option but to postpone trial to Wednesday, for proceedings to start afresh and for jurors to be selected again.

Alleged drug kingpin Jordan Azzopardi is expected to be summoned to testify in these proceedings.

Lawyer Kevin Valletta and Maria Francesca Spiteri from the Office of the Attorney General are prosecuting.

Lawyers Edward Gatt and Mark Vassallo are defence counsel.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Amadeus Cachia are parte civile.