The Malta Independent 22 September 2021, Wednesday

Suspended police officer charged with rape granted bail

Monday, 2 August 2021, 15:06 Last update: about 3 months ago

Suspended police officer Glenn Carabott, who is currently facing rape charges, was granted bail by a court on Monday.

In a decree in the criminal court, Judge Aaron Bugeja granted Carabott bail against a €5,000 deposit and a €5,000 personal guarantee.

Carabott must observe a curfew and is prohibited from contacting the alleged victim.

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Previous bail requests had been turned down, with the court citing evidence tampering risks – however the testimony of the alleged victim were secured via video link in the last sitting on 14 May, hence alleviating these concerns.

Carabott stands charged with rape, non-consensual sexual acts, taking a video of the non-consensual encounter, sexual harassment and committing a crime he was duty-bound to prevent.

He has since been suspended from his duties.

During his arraignment, the court had been told the police sergeant had been dispatched to the alleged victim’s house to investigate a burglary report but had raped the woman instead.

Inspectors John Spiteri and Michael Vella prosecuted. Lawyer Ishmael Psaila is defence counsel.

Lawyer Rene Darmanin appeared parte civile for the alleged victim.

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