The Malta Independent 23 July 2019, Tuesday

Mother, sister murder: ‘Head was smashed’, pathologist tells court

Monday, 17 June 2019, 12:51 Last update: about 2 months ago

A forensic pathologist has given a court the clearest picture yet of the horrific damage inflicted on the bodies of Maria Lourdes and Angele Bonnici who were murdered in their Ghaxaq home last March.

Joseph Bonnici, 38, from Ghaxaq, stands charged with murdering his mother and sister, using a firearm against another person, shooting a gun in a residential area, filing a false police report, attempting to hide evidence of a crime, hiding the corpses of people who were murdered in the crime, carrying a firearm without the necessary licence, manufacturing a gun silencer, and manufacturing a firearm and ammunition without the required licence.

He is pleading not guilty to the charges.

Marie Therese Camilleri Podesta took the witness stand before magistrate Joe Mifsud this morning to present her report on the autopsy’s findings.


Both victims had been shot in the head and suffered blunt trauma to their skulls. They were struck with something heavy, she said. Asked where on the head they had been struck, she said “I couldn’t tell, the head was smashed.”

Inspector Charlot Casha, a forensic police officer, exhibited crime scene photos. He had also found a firearm at the scene which had later been taken for testing.

Lawyer Franco Debono is defence counsel.

Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Roderick Attard are prosecuting.

The case continues on July 29

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