The Malta Independent 25 April 2019, Thursday

Unemployed drug addict robbed homes to fuel his addiction, court told

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 17:07 Last update: about 6 months ago

An unemployed drug addict was been denied bail on Wednesday afternoon after being charged with robbing his neighbours’ homes to finance his addiction. 

Leslie Farrugia, 26, from Cospicua, was arraigned in court over three separate instances of theft allegedly committed over ten days. The thefts were committed from residences close to his own. He was also charged with breaching bail. 

Farrugia is alleged to have stolen a bicycle and a valuable painting on November 25, as well as stealing household decorations on December 1. 

The prosecution objected to defence counsel Joseph Brincat’s request for bail, arguing that there was a real risk of him tampering with evidence, especially in view of the fact that one theft had been from a neighbour living in the same block as the accused. 

The court was told the man would steal to maintain his drug addiction. 

Presiding magistrate Doreen Clarke refused bail, noting that the man could not provide the necessary guarantees requested by law, as well as the fact that he had allegedly breached a previous bail decree, issued in May.

 Inspectors Eman Hayman and Mario Xiberras prosecuted.

Lawyer Joseph Brincat was legal aid.

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