The Malta Independent 26 June 2019, Wednesday

Homeless man admits to stealing mobile phones

Monday, 27 May 2019, 11:22 Last update: about 29 days ago

A homeless man has admitted to stealing mobile phones in Valletta.

Abdisalan Mahamad Afrah, 32, from Somalia was arraigned before magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech on Monday morning, accused of stealing two of the phones from a car and the third from a Lotto booth in Valletta. The theft from the car was aggravated by the nature of the object stolen and its value.

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Inspector Jeffrey Scicluna said the thefts had occurred on May 22 and 25. The thief had later been recognised by a shop owner, who then called the police.

Legal aid lawyer Dustin Camilleri entered a guilty plea on the man’s behalf. Bail was not requested. 

Inspector Scicluna insisted on a prison sentence due to the fact that the man was also a recidivist and asked that the man be assessed for mental health issues, after Afrah today told the court that he had escaped from Mt. Carmel hospital.

Magistrate Frendo Dimech admonished the accused, telling him that help was available if only he would look for it.

The court put off the case for sentencing next week. Afrah was remanded in custody.

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