Man admits to string of thefts

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A man was given bail pending sentencing on Wednesday after he admitted to a number of thefts from petrol stations and a shop.

A 26-year-old from Ghaxaq was arraigned in court accused of after he was identified from CCTV footage.

The man admitted to having stolen cash from a Paola shoe store. He also admitted to stealing minimal amounts from a Zabbar petrol station over three weeks. Three days ago the man stole cash from service stations in Zejtun and Ghaxaq. He also admitted to wilful damage to third party property.

In a court presided over by Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras, the man pleaded guilty.

Lawyer Franco Debono who appeared for the accused told the court that in spite of a good and supportive family background, the man had lapsed into a sever drug addiction which led to criminal behaviour.

The man’s father had been making the necessary arrangements so that he may undergo rehabilitation.

The court upheld a request for bail against a deposit of €500 and a personal guarantee of €3,000. The accused was ordered to sign the bail book three times a week.

A request by the defence for a pre-sentencing report was upheld by the court.

Police Inspector Eman Hayman led the prosecution, while lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri appeared for the accused.