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Attempted murder charge against Sandro Chetcuti dropped

Sandro Chetcuti

Sandro Chetcuti

Charges of attempted murder against developer Sandro Chetcuti were dropped by the Attorney General today.

The decision was announced in court during the compilation of evidence against Mr Chetcuti, who had allegedly assaulted the Director-General of the GRTU, Vince Farrugia in the GRTU offices two years ago.

The most serious charge against Mr Chetcuti now is that of attempting to cause serious injury.

The AG's decision follows contrasting evidence earlier in the proceedings on the seriousness of the injuries suffered by Mr Farrugia.

Mr Farrugia's daughter, Marie-Claire, continued to give evidence today. She explained that she is a doctor based in a hospital in Chelsea. Her father had called her from Mater Dei Hospital and she came to Malta a few days later.

She said that she was convinced that her father had suffered  sternum injuries but she denied  contacting consultant radiologist Anthony Samuel to conduct tests.

Defence counsel Manuel Mallia listed five SMS messages from Dr Farrugia's UK number and Dr Samuel, but Dr Farrugia said she had no recollection of such messages.

Later in her evidence she said she had bumped into Dr Samuel by accident in a bar and she told him she suspected that her father had suffered rib fractures. They agreed that the only way to confirm this was through a bone scan.

Dr Farrugia insisted she did not ask Dr Samuel to conduct the bone scan.

In previous sittings, Drs Mario Scerri and Malcolm Crockford contrasted Dr Samuel's view and denied that there were rib fractures. 

Dr Samuel was grilled by the defence in December and had admitted he had briefly dated Dr Farrugia.

He did not recall the SMS messages. 

Dr Samuel stood by his previous claim that Mr Farrugia suffered fractures and that his eighth to 11th ribs on the right side were separated and dislocated from the point where they join the sternum. The fractures, he said, showed up particularly in the vascular phase of a bone scan and the images produced from this scan were typical of fractures. Dr Mallia asked Dr Samuel if he had in fact inflated the results in favour of Mr Farrugia’s case.

This assertion was vehemently denied by Dr Samuel.

See also

Witness had dated daughter of attack victim

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20111208/local/Witness-had-dated-daughter-of-attack-victim.397314

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