Youth calm as he admitted mowing down PC Schembri to police

A collective intake of breath could be heard in court today during the hearing of evidence in the case of the 17-year-old youth accused of mowing down PC Simon Schembri.

The youth was indicted after Magistrate Joe Mifsud heard evidence by Schembri who spoke about what happened on the 15th May, the day of the incident.

While giving evidence on Friday, Assistant Commissioner Stephen Mallia claimed that the situation at the scene of the crime was “calm”. He asked the accused if he was aware that he had run over a traffic policeman and he responded with: “Yes, I know”. The accused told him on that day that the car belonged to his sister.

The sitting began with the witness of orthopaedic consultant Ryan Gatt. He said that Simon Schembri suffered 66% permanent orthopaedic disabilities. Dr Lina Lianaganulova, medical administrator at Mater Dei was requested to bring in a copy of Simon Schembri’s medical file.

Police constable Michael Briffa testified that, upon arriving on site, he saw a police car and two motorcycles near the policeman who was lying on the ground. He said that Schembri was face up and bleeding, wearing a helmet and torn clothes. He was unrecognisable. PC Briffa was requested to direct traffic from Luqa to Triq Ħal Qormi.

More details in the Maltese version.