Murder victim's brother claims the accused dabbled in drugs

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The younger brother of Eleanor Walker, the woman allegedly murdered by her estranged husband and hidden in a Qormi warehouse last July, today alleged in court that his former brother-in-law used to dabble in drugs.

Jack Alan Walker took the witness stand in the compilation of evidence against Andrew Mangion.

He explained that he had known the accused for eight years, ever since the man had struck up a relationship with his sister, Eleanor.

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Mr Walker said his brother-in-law had invited him to refer him to any potential "customers". Although he himself had once been a drug user, Mr Walker declared that he had undergone rehabilitation and had come clean.

The witness testified how various individuals would regularly go up to him at his workplace asking for drugs. On a couple of occasions, total strangers had even knocked at the door of his apartment in the same block where Andrew Mangion used to live with his sister. Mr Walker said he turned them away.

Forensic expert testifies 

During today's sitting, court forensics expert Joseph Mallia also explained how a scrap of blood-stained paper found on the victim's body had matched a missing corner of a page in a notebook found in the accused's garage in Swieqi.

The case continues.

Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Kylie Borg prosecuted.

Lawyer Joseph Giglio was defence counsel.

Lawyers Michael and Lucio Sciriha appeared parte civile.