The Malta Independent 22 August 2019, Thursday

Hungarian man charged with committing offence three days after being released on bail

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 15:21 Last update: about 7 days ago

A man from Hungary was remanded in custody today after pleading not guilty to being part of a gang of thieves who robbed an elderly woman at her home in Valletta last week.

24 year-old Ans Ghodban was charged with theft aggravated by violence, means, value and place. He was also charged with holding an elderly woman against her will, slightly injuring her and carrying a knife in public.

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He was further accused of a number of other aggravated thefts – some accompanied by violence and illegal arrest – on the day after Valletta robbery, as well as carrying a knife in public without a permit and relapsing. He was also charged with breaching bail conditions.

Inspector Kylie Borg told the court that the man had committed the offences just three days after being released on bail.

He was found hiding in a hotel, she said. “I have house, but sometimes I stay in a hotel,” the man said, moments after telling the court that he was unemployed. He pleaded not guilty.

The other member of the gang, who is well-known to the police, is believed to be in hospital at the moment.

The accused pleaded not guilty. Bail was not granted. 

Magistrate Audrey Demicoli presided. Inspectors Fabian Fleri, Lydon Zammit and Kylie Borg prosecuted, whilst lawyer Mark Mifsud Cutajar was legal aid counsel.

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