Sliema double murder: Second man charged; Pleads not guilty

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A second suspect in the Sliema double murder has been remanded in custody on Friday morning after police charged him with killing Christian Pandolfino and Ivor Maciejowski.

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.

The second suspect, a 36-year-old unemployed man who is from North Macedonia and resides in Sliema, was arraigned by Police Inspectors James Grech and Colin Sheldon on Friday morning before Magistrate Victor Axiak.

The man was charged with the couple’s murder on 18 August, theft, extortion, possession of a weapon during the commission of the offences, handling stolen goods, stealing a vehicle and switching its number plates with other stolen ones.

He pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday, the police arraigned a 25-year-old Albanian national believed to be the prime suspect in the murder. The man who was out on bail for having been involved in a violent hold-up three years ago, pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.

In court, legal aid Joe Brincat asked the police to indicate why they had reasonable suspicion about his client.

Police Inspector James Grech told the court that the police had CCTV footage of the three people that entered the house on that night. Police later received information about the second suspect and his whereabouts.

A person had told the police that the second suspect was staying at a hotel in Gżira. The police proceeded with arresting him on Wednesday evening.

The police knocked at the hotel room door, with the suspect trying to escape through a window. He was detained shortly afterwards.

The court issued a freezing order over the man’s assets.

No request for bail was made.

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