Sliema double murder: Police discard robbery theory – Report

Sarah Cassar Dymond

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The double murder of Sliema couple who was killed in a shooting earlier this week could have been motivated by revenge rather than a robbery gone wrong.

Doctor turned investment banker Christian Pandolfino (58) and British national and contemporary art dealer Ivor Maciejowski (30) were killed with at least six gunshots on Tuesday night at their home on Locker Street.

The autopsy was carried out on Thursday.

During a press conference the police said that the three assailants entered the house around 10.19pm and left around 4-5 minutes later.

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While initially it was reported that the motive could have been a robbery that went wrong, state news agency, TVM, said that the murder could have been motivated by revenge. According to the new hypothesis, the double murder was commissioned.

The news outlet said that the alleged aggressors used a vehicle that was reported stolen two years ago and made used of number plates which were stolen earlier from a vehicle parked in Paceville.

TVM quoted sources saying that the investigation has progressed as the Police have identified social and commercial ties the couple had.

The sources were quoted saying that the aggressors fled the scene using a white Volkswagen which was reportedly stolen two years ago.

The three suspects who have yet to be identified were seen leaving the house calmly.

Pandolfino’s sister was staying at the same house

The Malta Independent has reported that Pandolfino’s sister and her two sons who live in the UK are currently holidaying in Malta and were staying in the same house.

The local newspaper reported that the three were still out when the aggressors entered the house.

Partit Laburista owned media ONE reported a gym owner saying that the uncle of the victim who lived across the street had seen the three assailants leaving the house.

The Police are still investigating the case.

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