Żabbar stabbing: Mother of accused chooses not to testify

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The mother of the man accused of stabbing his former partner in Żabbar chose not to testify in criminal proceedings against her son on Friday.

Justin Borg (33) from Ħal Safi was charged over the stabbing of Chantelle Chetcuti (34) who succumbed to the injuries within 24 hours.

In brief:

  • The accused and Chantelle Chetcuti had been together for 16 years;
  • A witness against who the court issued a warrant of escort was not found with his mother informing the police that he now resides in Gozo;
  • Borg and the victim had began family therapy in October and attended three session; they had more sessions planned.

Most of Friday’s sitting happened behind closed doors.

10:51 The media has been ordered out of the courtroom.
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10:50 The witness said he could not tell.
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10:47 Dr Debono asks the witness whether he was in a position to tell who had asked for the sessions.
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10:46 The couple had other sessions booked.
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10:46 The therapist says they came for three sessions.
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10:45 In January the couple had a session at the beginning of the month which was postponed to the end of the month.
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10:43 The witness says that he is a sex therapist by profession. He tells the court that he has a clinic where the couple had gone for a meeting in October and where referred to a family therapist working at the same clinic. The first session was in November 2019, followed by a session in December 2019, and another session in January 2020.
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10:43 Police Inspector Zahra starts questioning the witness.
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10:42 Bartolo takes the witness stand.
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10:39 The family therapist, Matthew Bartolo, will testify next.
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10:36 She is let off the witness stand.
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10:36 The witness says she does not want to testify against her son.
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10:35 The witness asks the court if she has the right not to testify against her son.

Magistrate Montebello tells her it is at the court's discretion.
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10:34 Dr Debono quotes the law and saying that the witness already showed her unwillingness to testify.
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10:33 The witness says that it was not exactly over since the victim would leave their house and return.
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10:32 She says that in 2019 they had argued.
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10:32 The witness says that she knew Chantelle Chetcuti as her son's partner for 16 years.
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10:31 If the court notes that if the witness is not in a position to reply, it will stop her from testifying, after the witness asked the court if she could be excused from testifying against her son.
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10:29 Magistrate Montebello cautions the witness.
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10:29 Police Inspector Kurt Zahra asks the court to caution the witness since she is the mother of the accused.
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10:28 The mother of the accused, Rita Borg, takes the witness stand.
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10:28 The Magistrate says that there is a bail request.
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10:27 Dr Debono says that in such cases, the witness would be arrested the night before.
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10:26 Police Inspector Kurt Zahra says that the police tried to trace him.
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10:26 Dr Debono says that he has no further comment to make.
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10:24 Police Inspector Kurt Zahra and Dr Franco Debono ask the police officer if they tried to notify Dylan Meliak only today.

The police officer said that he would not know.
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10:23 The mother of the man who was wanted to testify today called the police station informing them that her son now resides in Gozo.
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10:22 The officer tells the court that this morning they went to an apartment to summon a witness. He tells the court that no one opened at 7.30am.
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10:21 A police officer from Żabbar Police Station takes the witness stand.
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10:20 A court expert who was tasked with transcribing with Borg's interrogation, presents a report.
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10:19 Magistrate Rachel Montebello enters the courtroom.
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10:18 Justin Borg is escorted inside the courtroom.
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10:11 The prosecution, parte civile lawyers and the defence are already in the courtroom.
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10:05 We're live from Hall 14.
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10:00 Good morning and welcome to Newsbook.com.mt live blog.
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Police Inspector Kurt Zahra is leading the prosecution. Lawyers Lara Dimitrijevic and Stephanie Caruana appeared as parte civile.

Lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri and Francesca Zarb are appearing for the accused.

Magistrate Rachel Montebello is presiding over the court.