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Shocking testimony has emerged in court from psychiatric experts concerning Abner Aquilina, the man who has pleaded guilty by reason of insanity to the rape and murder of Paulina Dembska.
According to a report compiled by three psychiatrists, Aquilina had an anti-social personality and was angry toward women and the world. It was also revealed that Aquilina not only wanted to have sex with a woman but also with a dead body.
The report was read out in court by Stefano Filetti, who is the parte civile lawyer for Dembska’s family in the case.
Still, Aquilina did actually remember a lot about the murder and rape itself – and did have the mental capacity to engage a lawyer because of the case.
Dembska, a 29-year-old Polish national, was murdered by Aquilina on 2nd January at Sliema’s Independence Gardens, where she used to feed stray cats. Experts have since said that he was insane at the time of the act and is unfit to stand trial.
The courts will now determine whether that is the case. Lovin Malta had previously revealed how Aquilina made sensational claims to investigators during his brief period of interrogation, telling officers that he was a “soldier of God” working on the orders of “frequencies from the devil”.
Despite the claims of insanity, there are still some issues that need to be resolved and the court must prove that Aquilina had a ‘guilty mind’ at the time of the act. Questions about Aquilina’s harassment of multiple women will likely also be addressed.
Lovin Malta received numerous screenshots from messages sent by Aquilina, from his personal profile and other fake profiles on social media in which he sexually harassed and threatened women.
Today, details were also given about his arrest and how they analysed CCTV to follow Dembska and Aquilina’s movements in the lead-up to the murder.
Aquilina first drove a scooter from Zejtun, driving it all the way towards a Balluta Bay hotel. From there he walked towards the Balluta church. CCTV footage seemed to show Aquilina following a number of people.
Dembska, meanwhile, was walking close by with a friend who she soon parted ways with.
There is little footage of Aquilina’s movements after, with the next time he appears is by the Balluta church where he was arrested.
When he was arrested, Aquilina asked for a presidential pardon signed by the prime minister
The sitting is currently ongoing.
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