The Malta Independent 13 November 2019, Wednesday

Police officers outnumber public in court room as Hugo Chetcuti murder case resumes

Friday, 28 December 2018, 14:21 Last update: about 12 months ago

The case against Bojan Cmelik, the man accused with the murder of businessman Hugo Chetcuti, continued in court on Friday.

The sitting saw the same tightened security in court as during the previous sitting of the case in November. Police officers armed with submachine guns patrolled the court’s corridors as Cmelik was led in amid high security. Security personnel outnumbered the public in the courtroom.


In a very brief sitting, three of the prosecution's witnesses - court IT and telecommunications expert Martin Bajada, and police officers Michelle Camilleri and Darren Debattista - presented their reports to the court.

The case was then adjourned to 9 January next year, when four doctors and three police constables are scheduled to take the witness stand.

Chetcuti, a well-known entrepreneur, died in hospital after having been stabbed by Cmelik, a Serbian national, in Paceville in July.

The Serb, who was a former employee at one of Chetcuti’s establishments, had been arrested in Sliema after a chase by the police.

Magistrate Marsanne Farrugia presided.

Cmelik's defence is lawyer Ishmael Psaila as legal aid. 

Lawyer Joe Giglio is appearing parte civile for the victim's family.

Inspector Nikolai Sant is prosecuting.

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