Sliema double murder: ‘Don’t put me in the same cell as Muka or I’ll kill him’

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Sarah Cassar Dymond

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The gathering of evidence against 36-year-old Viktor Dragomanski, the second suspect charged in the Sliema double murder, continued on Friday.

11:54 The next sitting is on 10 November at 9.30am.
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11:54 The court says there is enough evidence for the accused to stand trial.
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11:51 The magistrate rejects the request by the defence on the release of the accused's money.
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11:47 Dr Brincat makes a request on behalf of Dragomanski. He requests that the money, a total of €950, seized from the accused is released to be used by the accused in court.
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11:46 Magistrate Joe Mifsud accedes to the request, releasing the property immediately.
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11:44 Dr Giglio says that all experts have finished their work with regards to Locker Street. He requests that the house is released so that the family can take it back.
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11:44 He says that the CCTV footage at no point showed that someone resembling Dragomanski was driving the car.
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11:43 Dr Brincat cross-examines the witness.
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11:42 The witness says he recognised Daniel Muka from his tattoo.
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11:39 The witness confirms some screenshots from the CCTV footage and photos he took at Dragomanski's residence.
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11:37 The officer says that after Dragomanski was taken into custody. He went to collect his belongings from a residence on Carmel Street.
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11:36 The three suspects took the taxi together to Sliema.
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11:35 Bus CCTV captured footage of the three suspects waiting outside Dolce Sicilia.
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11:35 From the car park, the suspects walked down to the bus stop in Msida. One of the three suspects entered Dolce Sicilia.
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11:34 The police had to determine how the suspects left the car. The same CCTV footage showed the three suspects leaving on foot in the opposite direction.
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11:32 The officer explains the car was seen driving up Ursolini Street where it was found in the car park.
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11:28 The witness explains that the CCTV footage was examined thoroughly, as he delves into detail how this was done.
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11:27 He was involved in gathering the CCTV footage and worked with court expert Martin Bajada and other experts on the footage.
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11:26 He says that he received instructions from Police Inspector James Grech on 19 August.
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11:25 A police constable from the homicide squad takes the witness stand.
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11:24 He drove the police on site.
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11:23 A police officer takes the witness stand.
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11:22 There were signs of ransacking only in a room upstairs, he says.
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11:21 The witness says that he found it strange that Pandolfino was wearing boxers and running shoes.
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11:20 Upon entering the house, the police officer says there was a cross made of gold on the floor. There was a lot of blood.
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11:18 He explains how they entered the house and ensure there was no one in the house. There were signs of disturbance in a room.
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11:17 The officer was also on site on the day of the murder. He saw bullet casings and blood.
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11:16 PS Clayton Azzopardi from RIU takes the witness stand.
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11:14 The officer says that the first victim, Pandolfino, was right in front of him when he entered the house.
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11:14 The officer explains that the place was sealed.
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11:13 They called for more assistance.
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11:13 The officer explains that as he started going up the stairs, he saw the second victim motionless.
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11:12 The officer says he kicked the door open. He found a casing right beside Pandolfino, and another casing on the first step.
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11:12 The officer found Pandolfino's sister outside who told him that commotion was heard inside and men were seen escaping from the house.
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11:11 He says that he was informed by the police control room that there was a theft on Locker Street, Sliema.
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11:11 An RIU officer takes the witness stand.
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11:08 Paula Pandolfino gave the police the go ahead to break open the door, saying that they would need assistance if injured. The WPS gave the go ahead.
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11:07 There was a woman who identified herself as Paula Pandolfino, the sister of the victim, and a man who identified himself as the uncle of the victim, were outside.
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11:05 The officer says that two people called to report that they heard gunshots. The first witness had a foreign accent. The second man was Maltese.
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11:05 WPS Valerie Mifsud from the Sliema Police Station takes the witness stand. She was on night shift.
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11:03 The officer says that on 27 August a man filed a report about a Skoda being stolen from the Regina Showroom. The officer says that the Skoda was brought down during routine cleaning. The car was forgotten on Triq Isoaurd.

The director was informed that his vehicle was stolen by Police Inspector James Grech.
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11:03 The officer says that on 27 August a man filed a report about a Skoda being stolen from the Regina Showroom. The officer says that the Skoda was brought down during routine cleaning. The car was forgotten on Triq Isoaurd.

The director was informed that his vehicle was stolen by Police Inspector James Grech.
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11:02 PS Reuben Balzan takes the witness stand.
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11:01 The VW Tiguan was stolen from Triq Nazio Ellul in Msida. The report was filed on 14 September 2018 by Malcolm Fava.
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11:00 PS Brian Mifsud from Sliema Police Station takes the witness stand.
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10:59 A police officer from St Julian's Police Station takes the witness stand. He tells the court on 3 August the owner of a Seat filed a report that his number plates were stolen.
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10:58 The police got in touch with him recently to inform him that the car was used in the Sliema double murder.
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10:58 He filed a report.
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10:57 The husband of the owner of the VW Tiguan takes the witness stand.

The car was stolen in mid-September 2018 from Msida.
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10:56 He explains that he received a call from Police Inspector James Grech informing him that the plates were involved in the Sliema double murder. The witness went to look for the car and did not find it there. He filed a police report that it was stolen.
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10:54 The man who is the director at Regina autodealer explains that the Skoda which was on the showroom's roof was brought downstairs to be scrapped. The car was left outside.
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10:53 Another man whose number plates were stolen takes the witness stand.
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10:52 He is shown a picture of his car with his number plates, and confirms it is his.
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10:51 He is shown photos of his number plates on a Peugeot 107. He says that those are his number plates but he never owned a Peugeot 107.
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10:51 He says that he did not retrieve his number plates but went to Transport Malta to get new plates.
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10:49 A man takes the witness stand. He reported that his number plates were stolen on 3 August. The police report was made on the same day of the theft.
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10:48 The VW Tiguan was spotted at 9.45pm.
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10:48 Similar to Baldacchino, Rizzo is explaining how they were instructed to search for the getaway car.
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10:47 Rizzo was on night shift with Baldacchino.
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10:47 PS Keith Rizzo takes the stand.
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10:46 The witness confirms that upon his arrest, Dragomanski was very angry at Muka and wanted to speak to the police without legal assistance.
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10:46 The witness is being cross-examined by Dr Brincat.
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10:46 The witness says it was not clear.
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10:45 "If you put me in the same cell with the Albanian I will kill him. He got me into trouble," the police officer recalls Dragomanski saying upon his arrest.
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10:44 Dragomanski started speaking to the police after he was arrested. The witness says that while the accused was not clear, he referred to "the Albanian" in connection to the shooting.
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10:43 The witness says that the accused was informed on why he was arrested and was given his right to remain silent.
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10:43 The officer says that upon emerging from the hotel he found Dragomanski was arrested by his colleagues.
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10:42 The witness says that he went downstairs and saw that a man was climbing out of the back window and escaped onto the roof. He informed his colleagues.
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10:42 The police heard noise indicating movement coming from inside the room.
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10:40 The witness says that they received information that Dragomanski was at Blue Bay Hotel.

A team of five or six police officers went outside the hotel room.
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10:40 The officer says that on 26 August he was instructed by Police Inspector James Grech that the police was searching for a second person.
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10:39 The police inspector confirms that the photo shows the car they had found at the car park.
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10:38 The car was found inside the former St Luke's Hospital parking. The area was sealed.
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10:36 Baldacchino was on night shift on the day of the murder. Inspector Grech had instructed his team to locate the VW Tiguan. They were instructed to search in the area of Pietà.
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10:36 Inspector Saviour Baldacchino from the Major Crimes Unit takes the stand.
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10:35 The cross-examination is being reserved. The witness steps down.
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10:35 There were bullet casings around Pandolfino, the witness says.
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10:33 He says that on arrival the teams divided themselves. Dr Joslin says that he did a quick examination on Pandolfino. He had no pulse and was not breathing. He was pronounced dead.

Another doctor, Dr Mike Spiteri, examined Maciejowski who was on the landing in a pool of blood. He was also pronounced dead on site.
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10:31 Doctor Jonathan Joslin from the Emergency Department the takes the witness stand.

Two units were dispatched 10.48pm. On their way to Locker Street they were informed that there were two victims. They were on site at 10.59pm.
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10:30 The Magistrate says that there will be a transcription of the statement.
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10:30 Cross-examination by Dr Brincat is limited to one question who asks about the accused's statement. Police Inspector Sheldon says he was not involved.
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10:29 A witness who wishes to stay anonymous turned up at the Sliema Police Station and confirmed what the other witnesses had said on the night Pandolfino and Maciejowski were killed.
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10:28 A foreign woman booked the hotel room on behalf of Dragomanski.
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10:28 Dragomanski's car was already towed away to the police compound when the murder happened.
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10:26 RIU officers kicked down the door to enter the residence, Police Inspector Sheldon replies to a question by Police Inspector Grech.
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10:26 Police Inspector James Grech stops Sheldon asking whether what he will say next is related to Dragomanski.

He informs the court that he has finished giving evidence related to Dragomanski's role.
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10:25 Kristiansen was registered at a residence but could not be traced.
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10:24 Muka was arraigned on 27 August before Magistrate Nadine Lia. Muka pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dragomanski was arraigned a day later before Victor Axiak where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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10:22 When interviewed, Dragomanski says that he was with Muka and his friend Jesper Kristiansen. He identified Kristiansen when shown a photographer. He told the police that he stayed in the car and only joined later.

"Nothing was specifically planned and everything went wrong," the police officer quoted Dragomanski saying.
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10:22 Dragomanski tried to escape from a window in his hotel room. He was apprehended by the police on the street,
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10:21 The witness says he was present for the arrest.
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10:20 Dragomanski has a Honda Civic Sports which was towed 16 August 2020 after it blocked a garage in Carmel Street.
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10:20 Muka identified Viktor Dragomanski from the list of Viktors they have in their system. After he said that the man was a Macedonian national.
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10:18 Daniel Muka was interrogated three times at the police headquarters.
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10:18 The taxi stopped outside Dragomanski's residence. The witness identifies the man in the courtroom.
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10:16 The police inspector continues to explain that CCTV footage showed the men at il-Kullegg bus stop. One of the suspects entered a coffee shop asking for the WiFi password to book a cab.
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10:14 Police Inspector Sheldon lists the item found in the car including the wig used by the tall suspect.

A replica of an AK-47 and a Thompson rifle were also found.
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10:14 The number plates on the VW Tiguan at the time it was found in the car park were stolen from a vehicle parked in Hamrun.
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10:12 He explains the distinctive marks on the VW Tiguan by which it was identified and the work carried out by the police officers when analysing the CCTV footage to locate the getaway car.
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10:12 The police officer continues to describe the sequence of events.
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10:09 Describing what was found on the scene, the police inspector said that they found fresh leverage marks. He says that on the first floor there was Ivor Maciejowski's bedroom.

Maciejowski was not wearing any gold. This gold was usually stored in a box but it was not found.
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10:08 The third witness who lived next door to the victims, spoke the police telling them that he had heard six shots inside Pandolfino's house. He saw three men leaving, one held a handbag.
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10:07 Another person who was smoking a cigarette on the balcony and phoned the police, also saw three people leaving the house.
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10:06 Pandolfino's uncle gave evidence, the police inspector tells the court. His uncle heard strange noises coming from Pandolfino's house. He saw a person leaving the house, returning with another person and then three people left the house.
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10:04 The police officer tells the court that on the day, Christian Pandolfino was celebrating his sister's stay in Malta.
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10:04 Police Inspector Colin Sheldon takes the witness stand.
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10:00 Good morning and welcome to this live blog. We're live from Hall 21.
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Doctor turned banker Christian Pandolfino (58) and art dealer Ivor Maciejowski, 30, were shot dead at their residence on Locker Street Sliema on Tuesday 18 August at around 10.20pm.

During the last sitting the court heard how Dragomanski was offered an unspecified “job” which he took up without questioning. The man shifted the blame on the prime suspect Daniel Muka telling the police that “he ruined his life in four minutes”.

Police Inspectors James Grech and Colin Sheldon are leading the prosecution.

Legal aid lawyer Dr Joe Brincat is appearing for the accused.

Lawyers Joe Giglio and Roberta Bonello appeared parte civile for the Pandolfino and Maciejowski family.