The Malta Independent 16 August 2017, Wednesday

Blood-stained paper found on murder victim matches notebook in garage of estranged husband

Monday, 19 June 2017, 17:02 Last update: about 3 months ago

During today’s compilation of evidence in the case against Andrew Mangion who is being charged with the murder of his estranged wife, a court forensics expert testified that a blood-stained paper found on the victim matched a missing corner of a page found in the notebook of the accused.

This notebook is said to have been found in the accused’s Swieqi garage.

Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras, presiding over the case, heard the testimony of forensic court expert Joseph Mallia and the victim’s younger brother Jack Alan Walker.

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Eleanor Walker’s dead body was found in a disused Qomi warehouse in July 2016. Her estranged husband, Andrew Mangion, has been charged with the murder, while a Russian national had also been charged, in a separate case, with helping to hide the body. The two had been undergoing separation proceedings.  

During the testimony of the victim’s brother, the court heard Walker allege that the accused was involved in drugs. He described knowing the accused for about eight years, roughly the time from when the victim and Mangion had got to know each other.

Walker said that the accused had invited him to direct any potential drug buyers to him, and that several people had approached him at work looking for drugs.

He explained that he was a drug user himself, but has since reformed.

The court hear how strangers would knock at the door of his own apartment, in the same block where the accused stayed, looking for drugs and asking if he, Walker, could assist instead. He said that he always turned them away.

Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Kylie Borg prosecuted.

Lawyer Joseph Giglio was defence counsel.

Lawyers Michael and Lucio Sciriha appeared parte civile.

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