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Prostitute ‘ran off with client’s cash’

A prostitute admitted to stealing €110 from a client during an argument over whether he should wear a condom, a police inspector told a court yesterday.

Elaine Muscat told the police she took the cash from her client’s car and ran away.

Inspector Tony Cachia said that on May 30, Edward Spiteri filed a police report that cash had gone missing from his glove compartment.

He said he happened to be driving through Testaferrata Street in Gżira at around 2am when he saw Ms Muscat signalling him to stop.

He stopped to see if she needed anything and she asked him if he wanted to have sex with her for €20. He accepted and the couple went to the Msida Yacht Marina.

According to Mr Spiteri, the couple got out of the car, sat on a bench and talked until she told him she had forgotten something in the car and vanished. He later found about €160 missing from the glove compartment.

But Ms Muscat, who is serving time in prison and was one of the witnesses in the case against the late Josette Bickle over drug trafficking in jail, gave a different version of events.

Mr Spiteri, she said, had approached her for sex and they went to Sliema together in his car.

However, they got into an argument because he did not want to wear a condom.

As he was removing his trousers, he took a stash of cash out of his pocket and put them in the car’s ashtray.

They were still arguing when she grabbed the cash and ran out of the car. She told the police the amount she took was €110 and not €160.

The case, before Magistrate Edwina Grima, continues.

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