The Malta Independent 21 May 2024, Tuesday
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Man charged with possession and sharing of extreme child pornography

Monday, 22 April 2024, 13:46 Last update: about 29 days ago

A man was remanded in custody on Monday after he was charged with offences relating to the possession and sharing of extreme child pornography.

Inspector Dorianne Tabone charged 33-year-old Filipino Msida resident Rheo Victoriano Loberiza with producing or sharing pornography of an extreme nature, which featured children under the age of nine being "subjected to acts of bestiality, brutality, sadism or torture," and knowingly acquiring access to indecent materials featuring underage subjects through technological means.

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At the start of the arraignment, the parties asked to approach the bench and discuss the case in private, but the magistrate declined, explaining that she was acting in line with guidelines which had been established by the superior courts.

Loberiza, who told the court that he worked at a supermarket, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defence lawyer Adriano Spiteri asked the court to impose a ban on the publication of Loberiza's name. Inspector Tabone objected to that request, pointing out that there was no legal basis on which the court could issue such an order.

The court upheld the prosecution's objection and rejected the request, but did impose a ban on naming the supermarket where the defendant worked.

The defence said it would not be requesting bail at this stage.

 


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