State witness will only testify after psychological evaluation is concluded

Melvin Theuma
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The go between murder suspect Yorgen Fenech and the three alleged hitmen brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat in the assassination of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, will only testify in the compilation of evidence when an evaluation into his psychological state is finalized.

The defence team of the former Electrogas director had filed an application requesting that Melvin Theuma is summoned to continue testifying in the gathering of evidence against him.

Fenech stands accused with complicity in the murder of Caruana Galizia.

However, the court ruled that Theuma would only testify after a psychological evaluation of his mental state is concluded.

Theuma, who was granted presidential pardon in exchange of evidence, was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital on 21 July after he was found in a pool of blood in his residence in Swieqi.

He allegedly slashed his own throat and stabbed himself in the abdomen. He was, for a time, in critical condition.

The defence had requested Theuma’s mental health to be assessed in mid-August. This however was delayed after the individual experts turned down the brief. The court was left with no other option except to appoint a board of three medical experts. This had transpired at the end of the sitting on 21 October.

The defence further requested a copy of documents related to Inspector Kurt Zahra’s notes and service provider data gathered during investigations to be exhibited during the hearing.

The court requested the Attorney General and prosecution to indicate whether they hold any objections to having this evidence brought in court. They were given until 16 December to file a note indicating their objections if any and the reasons behind such objections.

A hearing on the request of the accused has been ordered for Friday December 18 between 10am and 2pm.