“He used to tell me he will kill her” – Chantelle’s mother

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The mother and brother of Chantelle Chetcuti who was stabbed to death in February are expected to testify today during the gathering of evidence against a 33-year-old man accused of her murder.

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10:32 The next sitting will be on the 11th September at 10:00h
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10:30 Court responded that while it had no objection to the further witnesses to be called by the prosecution, it denied freedom from arrest.
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10:29 The prosecution will be asking two further witnesses to testify
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10:22 Chantelle's daughter wants to testify through videoconferencing.
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10:20 The defence is requesting bail.
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10:18 Defence lawyer Franco Debono says that the main witnesses have given their testimony.
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10:12 He is not present. The court will issue him a fine of €100.
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10:12 Next to take the witness stand is Dylan Meilak.
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10:09 Miriam Chetcuti's testimony ends here for today.
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10:09 At around 8/9pm Chantelle's mother received a call and was told to go to the Police Station.
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10:08 She left the house at around 4 pm or 5 pm. She said she was not going to stay out long as she wanted to watch a particular TV programme.
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10:07 On the day of the murder, Chantelle was going for a hike with her cousins but she changed her mind and decided to go with a friend to play billiard.
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10:06 She also says that he used to be sweet with her at times but then cheat on her.
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10:05 The mother says that Chantelle used to tell her not to say anything and he can harm her and her family.
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10:04 "He used to tell me, I will kill her" – Chantelle's mother.
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10:04 During the last three days before the murder, the accused followed Chantelle everywhere she went and used to wait for her in front of her mother's house.
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10:03 Miriam Chetcuti presents photos of Chantelle's injuries.
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10:02 Another incident dates back to 7 to 8 years ago when he punched her in the face. He took her to the polyclinic and told her to say she fell down the stairs.
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10:00 Miriam mentions a particular incident when Chantelle was in bed and Justin hit her in her back and she fell on the ground. The next day he told her "Is it true you got hurt?", said Miriam.
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09:59 Chantelle had told her mother to drop the case as she was scared of him.

Miriam said that her daughter told her "I know what he is capable of doing."
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09:58 Miriam Chetcuti says how the year before the murder, her family ended up in court against Justin's family but he had threatened her to drop the case otherwise she will not see her children anymore.
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09:56 She also says that when they used to live together, the accused used to spend nights out only to return home drunk in the mornings.
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09:55 Chantelle's mother recalls how last year her daughter spend almost three days wearing a scarf. She later learned that the accused had grabbed her by her neck.
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09:54 Miriam was asked if she had ever seen the accused beating her daughter.

"Of course I did witness the beating"
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09:54 Miriam says she used to call Justin's mother to calm him down.
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09:53 Chantelle's mother says that once she intervened. he yelled at her and told her to mind her own business and be careful as he knows all the Police officers.
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09:52 She says how he used to threaten Chantelle. He used to tell her to do as he says otherwise she will not be able to see her daughter again.
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09:52 Chantelle's mother is getting emotional.
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09:51 The witness continued to explain how he used to hit her all the time.
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09:51 "I do not want to refer to him with his name. He is a monster," said Miriam.
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09:50 Miriam continues saying that they lived together for around 4 years. Then Chantelle used to live with her mother.
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09:49 The accused can be seen to disagree with what Miriam Pace has just said.
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09:49 Chantelle's mother also says that at that time Chantelle was dating another guy.
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09:48 Miriam says that Justin used to tell her that he wanted to get Chantelle pregnant and that he did it on purpose.
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09:47 She says that Chantelle got pregnant at the age of 17.
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09:47 Justin was a friend of her son Kersten.
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09:47 Miriam says she has known the accused since he was 14 years old.
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09:45 Chantelle's mother, Miriam Chetcuti has entered the courtroom in a wheelchair.
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09:45 We are back in session.
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09:42 The sitting has been suspended for a few minutes.
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09:42 Kersten Chetcuti's testimony ends here.
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09:41 Chantelle's brother said that his sister used to tell him that there were times when she ended up in hospital because of Justin.
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09:40 Chantelle's brother says that he can remember their relationship when his sister and Justin used to live with his parents but when they lived in their house he does not really know what used to happen.
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09:39 "My sister tried many times to make the relationship work but she could not be happy with him."
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09:39 He also said that he used to advise him to accept that the relationship was over.
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09:38 "He used to follow her. He did not just happen to see her around" said Chantelle's brother.
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09:37 He used to call me to tell me the number of times he saw her.
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09:36 On the day of the murder, Justin called Chantelle's brother and he told him " Do you know who I added as a friend on Facebook? "
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09:36 "He never accepted that they were not together anymore," said Chantelle's brother.
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09:35 Chantelle's brother had called her to inform her that Justin was coming to meet her.
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09:34 All of a sudden he told them that he wanted to go next to Chantelle. He left in his car.
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09:33 Chantelle's brother says that Justin was saying he agreed with Chantelle they were going to meet but this was not true.
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09:32 A week before the murder Justin Borg left his car open in front of the Chetcuti's residence, for a whole night.
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09:31 He does not remember when this incident happened but says it was a few years ago.
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09:29 Chantelle's brother says that they had a normal relationship but when the accused used to live with them ah their house he used to be a bit aggressive.

He mentioned how once the mother of the accused had to come over to calm him down.
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09:28 He also says that Borg always wanted his sister. They eventually were together and had two children.
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09:27 He says that his sister never wanted to be in a relationship with Justin Borg.
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09:27 He says that he has known the accused way before he was with his sister.
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09:26 Kersten Chetcuti takes the witness stand.
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09:26 The mother of Chantelle Chetcuti and her brother are expected to testify today.
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09:25 Police Inspector Kurt Zahra is leading the prosecution.

Lawyer Stephanie Caruana appeared as parte civile.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri are appearing for the accused.
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09:24 Magistrate Rachel Montebello is present inside the courtroom.
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09:24 We are live from courtroom 22.
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09:23 Good morning and welcome to this live blog.
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