Murder suspect Jeremie Camilleri has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Pelin Kaya.
In a packed courtroom presided over by Magistrate Joe Mifsud – known for his strong criticism of drug use – the magistrate couldn’t help but comment on the “culture of death” he believed was growing in Malta.
“I am sorry, as a court, that there are still people who spread the culture of death, be it alcohol or drugs. Today we are suffering the consequences of those who want us to be normal and carried off with the current trend where celebration involves cocaine…”
His victim, 30-year-old Turkish woman Pelin Kaya, was rushed to Mater Dei Hospital after the accident, but died of injuries in the ambulance. Kaya worked as an interior designer, and had been working in Malta for around one year, before being killed on her birthday.
At least two interpreters are being used in court, one to translate from Maltese to English, and another to translate from English to Turkish, for Kaya’s families to follow court proceedings.
Lawyers Alfred Abela and Rene Darmanin will be representing Camilleri.
Lawyers Shazoo Ghaznavi, Charlon Gouder and Ramona Attard are appearing on behalf of the victim’s family.
Prosecutions is being led by Inspectors Keith Zahra and Shamus Wood alongside lawyer Kayliegh Bonnet representing the Attorney General.
Camilleri’s defence lawyer has said that his client is to be held under psychiatric care at Mount Carmel’s forensic unit.
Camilleri has a criminal past involving everything from robberies, assaults, intimidation and bomb scares.
Footage of the moment police officers tased and tackled the suspect behind a fatal car crash this morning has been revealed.
“Take me down easy, you can take me down easy,” Camilleri taunts police officers in the footage.
Moments later, they shoot their taser guns at him, before tackling his prone body to the ground and subduing him. Prior to this, earlier footage shows the man acting erratically just moments after crashing his BMW X6 into a Gżira restaurant, killing an innocent bystander in the process, as police show up to the scene.
The man reportedly became aggressive after he exited the crashed car, even with people who tried to check up on the victim.
As police arrest Camilleri, one bystander can be heard telling the officers that he had been throwing rocks at people nearby.
Camilleri was reportedly high on cocaine when he ran into 30-year-old Turkish citizen Pelin Kaya in Gżira, killing her.
The man was driving a BMW when he drove into a petrol station and the side of a KFC restaurant in Gżira at around 1am this morning.
He is currently in police custody.
Lovin Malta took a look into Camilleri’s criminal history, showing his past involvement in robberies, intimidation and even a bomb threat – you can read it by following this link.
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