A 25-year-old man who was charged with the double murder of Christian Pandolfino and Ivor Maciejowski, was remanded in custody after he was arraigned in court before Duty Magistrate Nadine Lia. The man pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.
The man was charged with detaining and murdering Pandolfino and Maciejowski on 18 August. The man was also accused of violent theft and stealing an amount which exceeds €2,329.37, of carrying a weapon and ammunition without the necessary licence, of buying a stolen vehicle, of stealing two sets of number plates, of making use of a vehicle with stolen number plates and of having breached bail conditions.
During the arraignment of the accused, the defence made no request for bail but asked for a clinical assessment of the accused. The defence highlighted that this was not a plea of insanity.
Relatives of Ivor Maciejowski, a British national of Polish descent, were present in the courtroom.
Police Inspectors James Grech and Colin Sheldon led the prosecution.
Lawyers Dr Joe Giglio and Roberta Bonello appeared for the families of the victims.
Lawyer Noel Bianco appeared for the accused.
Police Inspector Grech says that he was going to suggest that it is first the medical team at CCF that examines the accused. He asks to leave the courtroom to consult as the Magistrate would require the name of the psychiatrist.
Dr Roberta Bonello who is representing the families of the victims, presented a note to be part of the proceedings.
The court upholds the request.
The prosecution asks the defence to elaborate on the trauma.
The defence explains that the accused needs an assessment of his current state of mind. The defence clarifies that this examination is not a plea of legal insanity.
The request is for a clinical examination of the accused to assess any medical treatment he might require.
The defence has made a request for a psychiatric assessment of the accused to assess his current state of mind. The defence has also made a request on behalf of the accused to be given all the assistance he might need.
The suspect tells the court that before he used to wash cars but he never managed to hold down a stable job.
A warrant of arrest was issued and the prime suspect was later tracked down and arrested.