Santa Luċija murder: Court hears that apertures were sealed from the inside

qtil Santa Luċija Victor McKeon

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

An apartment where a man was found murdered and wrapped in plastic bags in Santa Luċija had its apertures sealed from the inside with tape, a court heard on Wednesday.

During the compilation of evidence against Samir Almiri who stands accused of the murder of 62-year-old Victor Mckeon, Police inspector Hubert Cini told the court that the victim was found in a bathroom which was locked and had a towel blocking the bottom part of its door. This was described as an apparent attempt to conceal the smell.

The neighbours had called the police over a foul stench.

Despite the apparent attempt to conceal the smell, it was the foul stench of a decomposing body that compelled neighbours to call the police.

Cini told the court that all doors and windows were shut and the police had to smash a window to enter. The front door was locked from the inside and had a key in its lock.

The police found a radio and all fans turned on. Some bloodstained objects were also found. The bathroom door was also locked and it was only after they smashed it that the gruesome discovery was made.

The victim had suffered blows to the head after he had been choked. His identity was confirmed after DNA tests were carried out.

The accused had fled the country and was arrested in Morocco. He was extradited to Malta earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

A travel agent told the court that the accused had purchased a one way ticket to Casablanca on 15 March, two days before the victim’s body was discovered.

Magistrate Joe Mifsud who is presiding over the case, said that there was enough evidence for the accused to be placed under a bill of indictment.

Police inspector Wayne Camilleri led the prosecution.

Lawyer George Camilleri is appearing on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.

Lawyer Joe Brincat assisted the accused.