Police Force hails successful August for Major Crimes Department

Miguela Xuereb

The Malta Police Force hailed a successful August for its Major Crimes Department, noting that it had managed to solve a number of important crimes during the month.

In a statement, the force noted that this included the two murders which took place in August.

68-year-old Salvu Dalli has been charged with the murder of his 37-year-old son Antoine in his Għaxaq home on August 7. Two men – 25-year-old Daniel Muka and 35-year-old Viktor Dragomanski – have been charged over the double murder of Ivor Maciejowski and Christian Pandolfino in Sliema on 18 August.

A third man believed to be involved in the Sliema double murder – Jesper Kristiansen – had absconded from Malta, but is undergoing extradition procedures after being arrested in Spain.

The police also believe they have solved an attempted murder that took place on 13 August in Ta’ Qali arraigning Elliot Paul Busuttil over the stabbing of a 57-year-old Bulgarian national.

Prosecutions over thefts and burglaries

During August, the department also arraigned a number of people over various thefts from homes and from shops, including the following:

  • A man accused of stealing a number of mobile phones from a St Julians outlet on 7 July, 2019
  • A man accused of carrying out a hold-up in Żejtun on 24 November, 2019
  • Two persons accused of stealing from a mobile phones shop in Birkirkara on 2 April, 2020
  • Two persons accused of stealing a motorcycle in Gozo on 20 June, 2020
  • A man accused of stealing a tractor on 18 July, 2020
  • A man accused of stealing thousands of euros from a St Paul’s Bay home, who had been found hiding in a B alluta apartment
  • A man accused of carrying out two thefts in Marsascala on 8 August, in Marsascala and Tarxien, who was arraigned two days later
  • A man accused of carrying out a hold-up in Marsa on 14 August, who was arraigned that same day
  • A man accused of two attempted thefts in Għaxaq on 16 August

The department is headed by Assistant Commissioner Sandro Gatt, who credited the long hours of work put in by his team with the successful conclusion of these investiagations.

Another major investigation, concerning the theft of a large amount of stolen cigarettes from a Valletta warehouse in July, is still ongoing, though progress has been registered. The police found a large portion of the stolen goods in a raid carried out in Swieqi on 13 August, and four people are helping them in their investigations.