Shooting victim turned away from court due to high temperature

Vince Saviour Gaffarena Mqabba Ħal Millieri

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Vince Gaffarena, 17, who had suffered gunshot wounds when his cousin Saviour Gaffarena was killed was turned away from court on Thursday after he was found to have a high temperature.

The 17-year-old was shot in the face while his 27-year-old cousin was shot dead on 29 July in Mqabba.

Two 18-year-olds are currently facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

Court officials are scanning all those entering the court as part of the efforts to avoid the spread the coronavirus. Anyone who is found to be running a high temperature will not be allowed in.

On Thursday, Gaffarena who is considered as the prosecution’s star witness, was turned away. For a long time, Gaffarena could not speak after being shot in the mouth, emergency doctor Jonathan Joslin testified on Thursday.

Police Inspector Keith Arnaud who took the witness stand on Thursday, told the court that the accused and the victims were sharing drugs when an argument broke out.

Vince Gaffarena told the police that he had been driving when one of the accused showed him a weapon he had been carrying while he was in hospital. The victim had said that he could not recall why they argued and that one of the accused was a different person under the effect of drugs.

Magistrate Nadine Lia is presiding over the court.

Police Superintendent Josric Mifsud along with police inspectors Kurt Zahra and Keith Arnaud are leading the prosection.

Lawyers Giannella De Marco, Arthur Azzopardi and Alfred Abela are appearing for the accused.

Lawyers James D’Agostino and Mark Refalo are appearing for the victims.

The case continues on 12 November.