The case against two soldiers charged with the murder of Malian immigrant, Abdalla Mohammed, in the night between 29 and 30 June 2012, while he was in the custody of the Armed Forces of Malta, might take a new direction after the court was told that there might have been another person who kicked the immigrant.
On Tuesday the court continued hearing the compilation of evidence against 44 year old Sergeant Mark Anthony Dimech from Gzira and 29 year old Gunner Clive Cuschieri from Paola who are charged with the murder of 32 year old Abdalla Mohammed. 35 year old Gordon Pickard from Zabbar is charged with trying to pervert the course of justice.
So far the court heard 13 witnesses. The court was told that Dimech held Abdalla while Cuschieri kicked him.
But today when Inspector Anthony Cachia from the Criminal Investigations Department testified that Detention Security Officer Mark Cuschieri stated that even Dimech had said that he had kicked the Malian immigrant after he bit him.
Dimech’s lawyer intervened and asked Dimech why he was saying all this now and not before. The lawyer asked the court to suspend the sitting to verify Cuschieri’s statement. The court accepted the request and set the date of the next hearing on 20 September 2012.
In his testimony, Inspector Cachia said that Clive Cuschieri told him that all those involved in the incident agreed to say that the immigrant kept on resisting the arrest even after he was kicked. Cuschieri told him that he had tried to hit him in his thigh and kicked him five times.
The Inspector told the court that the immigrant had escaped and was caught by the soldiers who handcuffed him and took him back to the Safi Detention centre.
Dimech’s lawyer said that he has a medical certificate of his client showing that the immigrant hurt him badly by biting him and injuring his head.