Teenagers granted bail after stealing head of vandalised statue

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Two of the three teenagers arrested for vandalising the statue of St. Anthony were released from custody after stating in court that they only found the head of the statue, and were not the ones to actually commit the crime.

The investigation carried out by the Cultural Heritage Unit within the Major Crimes Squad led to the identification of three alleged perpetrators: a 19-year-old French man, an 18-year-old English man and a 17-year-old Maltese girl.

Today, the two young men were arraigned in court, where they pleaded not guilty.

Inspector Savior Baldacchino from the Prosecution told the court that footage from security cameras confirms that the accused did not commit the vandal act themselves, but found the head detached from the statue and took it home with them.

They were accused of taking protected property. One of them was accused of drawing on the statue’s head.

The defence requested bail, which was granted against a deposit of €2,000 and personal guarantee of €4,000  each, with an obligation to sign at a police station three times a week.