The Malta Independent 4 June 2020, Thursday

Man linked to Paola hold-up out on bail, to undergo drug rehab programme

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 15:22 Last update: about 12 months ago

Shamison Stafrace, who was arraigned on Monday after DNA evidence linked him to a hold-up in April, has been released on bail, one day after being charged.

The 22 year-old bartender had been accused of robbing a store in Paola at knifepoint on April 16. One person was slightly injured in the robbery.

Police had told the court that the man had been arrested after DNA testing of a jacket found at the scene of the crime revealed it to be his.


Stafrace is charged with aggravated theft, holding his alleged victims against their will and slightly injuring one of them whilst carrying a sharp and pointed instrument. He was further charged with breaching a suspending sentence and relapsing.

Stafrace, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, has been released on bail after magistrate Gabriella Vella heard a representative from Sedqa confirm on Tuesday morning that the accused was going to be admitted to drug rehab imminently.

He was released from arrest against a deposit of €1,000 and a €3,000 personal guarantee. As part of his bail conditions, the court stipulated that the accused was to follow and complete the rehabilitation programme, after which he is to reside at an address in Cospicua, observe a curfew and sign the bail book at the local police station.

Inspectors Fabian Fleri, Lydon Zammit and Oriana Spiteri prosecuted.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Amadeus Cachia were legal counsel to the accused.

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