The Malta Independent 20 August 2018, Monday

Woman charged with complicity in Gozo Channel hoax bomb threat

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 12:45 Last update: about 4 months ago

A woman has been charged with complicity in the hoax bomb threat which brought all Gozo ferry services to a halt last Tuesday

Joelle Galea, 34, of Sliema, has appeared in court accused of complicity in a number of offences, which include making threats, corruption, misuse of electronic communications equipment

Inspector Omar Zammit and George Cremona arraigned Galea before magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech this afternoon.

Earlier this week, Ronald Mallia was arraigned in court and admitted to making the call. Galea is believed to have put Mallia up to making the hoax call to avoid a court sitting.

Today the woman, who said she was unemployed, pleaded not guilty. Lawyer Kris Busietta and Stephen Tonna Lowell did not request bail at this stage. At the request of the defence, the public was ordered out of the courtroom as a witness was called to testify.

The sitting continued behind closed doors. 

This was due to the fact that psychologist's testimony was going to be heard.

Bail was not granted and the court recommended that a court-appointed psychiatric expert examine the woman. Jason Azzopardi is also defence counsel.

 

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