Għaxaq murder: Father pleads not guilty to fatally shooting his son

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A 68-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of his son following an argument on Friday morning in Għaxaq will be arraigned in court on Saturday afternoon.

The man is being accused with murdering 37-year-old Antoine Dalli.

He is also accused of firing a weapon in a residential area. Further he is accused of committing a crime during a period while a suspended sentence which was handed down earlier was still operative.

Police Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Roderick Attard are leading the prosecution.

Lawyer Lennox Vella is appearing for the accused.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Kathleen Grima are appearing as parte civile.

14:12 Thank you for following this live blog.
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14:12 The man has been remanded in custody.
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14:10 The Magistrate has ordered the prison authorities to ensure that medical appointments are held and that he receives all the medical treatment he requires.
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14:08 The defence lawyers did not request bail for the accused. However it was requested that the man continues to receive treatment in hospital while he is under preventive arrest.
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14:08 The man pleads not guilty to the charges brought against him.
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14:07 The charges brought against the man have been presented in court.
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14:04 Police Inspector Keith Arnaud will lead the prosecution.
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14:02 Magistrate Astrid May Grima is in Court.

Lawyers Lennox Vella and Marisa Mifsud appearing for the man set to be accused with the murder of his son are also in the courtroom.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Kathleen Grima appearing as parte civile are in the courtroom.
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13:54 The arraignment will be held in Hall 25.
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13:26 Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog!
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Only father of victim interrogated in connection to the case – Police

Addressing the press, Police spokesperson Brandon Pisani said that the 37-year-old victim was killed after he was fatally shot in the abdomen. The police were informed about an argument at the residence and a shooting through an anonymous call.

The police have only interrogated the father in connection to the murder.

The case happened on Triq il-Gudja after a row between the father and son at the father’s home at around 11.15am.

12:22 Thank you for following this live blog.
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12:21 Pisani clarifies that the previous suspended sentence handed down to the alleged aggressor concerns the estranged wife of another son not the victim.
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12:20 Only the father is being interrogated in connection to the murder.
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12:20 The man has been previously charged over other offences.
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12:19 The father used to live in the residence where the murder took place.
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12:19 Pisani says that a number of reports were filed against the perpetrator and the victim. The police had pressed charges.
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12:18 A shot gun was used in the commission of the crime. The police has enough evidence to press charges.
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12:18 Preliminary investigation shows that the shooting was a result of a family brawl.
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12:17 Both the alleged aggressor and victim had previous brushes with the law. They were interrogated in the past and arraigned over separate charges.
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12:17 The alleged aggressor is currently under interrogation.
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12:16 The police found a lifeless body of a man in the bathroom.

The victim was shot in the middle of the abdomen.

The weapon which was allegedly used in the crime was found on the bed. It was seized.
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12:15 The police were informed through an anonymous call about an argument in a residence in Hal Għaxaq. A second call informed the police about a shooting.
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12:14 The victim was fatally killed with one shot in the abdomen. This resulted from the autopsy held this morning.

The 68-year-old man who is father the victim will be arraigned in court at around 1.30pm before a court presided over by Magistrate Astrid May Grima.
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12:13 Police spokesperson Brandon Pisani kicks off the press conference.

Superintendent Ramon Cassar and Josric Mifsud are also present at the press conference.
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11:45 Good morning and welcome to this live blog. The press conference is expected to start around noon.
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