The Malta Independent 16 May 2022, Monday

River of Love distances itself from suspect in Dembska murder

Monday, 3 January 2022, 17:27 Last update: about 5 months ago

River of Love has distanced itself from the Abner Aquilina, the main suspect in the Dembska murder that occurred on Sunday.

Police said on Monday in a statement that they had to stop their interrogation of the main suspect and refer him to Mount Carmel Hospital for evaluation. Reports read that police had to stop interrogating Abner Aquilina after he began to claim that the devil had taken over his mind at the time of the attack.

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A video on Facebook that had been posted by a River of Love community member featured Aquilina on New Year’s Eve with him, resulting in widespread speculation that Aquilina is himself a member.

Speaking to MaltaToday, River of Love pastor Gordon Manche said that they do not know anything about him and that he was not a part of the River of Love Community. “New people walk-ins come all the time, and just like every church we don’t control who visits.”

"We pray for the victim's family and that things will be done with utmost integrity from every side," Manche told the newspaper.

Dembska was living in a hostel in Sliema and was in Malta as a student. She had posted glowing reviews about Malta on her social media profile, and was also an advocate in favour of women's rights against domestic and sexual abuse.  She also frequently fed the cat colony which lived in the same gardens where she was found murdered.

Not much is known about Aquilina, meanwhile.  His social media profile has not been updated in almost six years.

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