Man gets suspended sentence for series of thefts from Mellieha supermarket

A man has pled guilty and been given an 18 month suspended sentence for stealing items from a Mellieha supermarket, three times over the course of July.

Marius Stefan originally from Romania, was today charged with taking items from the shop, totaling €85.

Stefan is understood to have pled guilty during his arraignment on August 13th, but he had not cooperated with the police nor had he returned the stolen items.

A second man was also charged for the thefts.

Magistrate Rachel Montebello said that despite being charged with recidivism in a previous case, there had been no evidence presented, meaning that he could not be found guilty of that charge. At the same time, there was also no evidence to prove an accusation that Stefan had been previously deported from Malta

Stefan’s jail time has been suspended for two years, as well as being ordered by the court to refund the €85 he had stolen. He has been given 6 months to do this.

The Prosecuting Inspector was Clayton Camilleri.

Defending the accused were the lawyers Lennox Vella and Marisa Mifsud.