The Malta Independent 21 September 2019, Saturday

Drug trafficker stays in jail since he has no place to stay

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 17:23 Last update: about 10 days ago

 A man caught in possession of drugs in Paceville has not asked for bail since he has no place to stay, a court heard on Tuesday. 

Awet Estifanos Weldetinsae, the Eritrean 29-year-old, was caught in Paceville last Sunday in possession of cannabis resin and cocaine, amounting to less than 30kg. He was brought to the dock on Tuesday in handcuffs. 

The man was charged with drug trafficking since the prosecution deemed the amount of drugs he had on him could not possibly be for just personal use. Weldentinsae pleaded not guilty to the crime. 

Legal aid counsel Yanika Bugeja did not ask for bail, telling the court that the accused has no place to stay. 

Victor Axiak was presiding magistrate. 

Inspector Kevin Pulis prosecuted.

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