Erin Tanti, the man accused of murdering Lisa Maria Zahra, the 15-year-old student with whom he had an intimate relationship, will now be facing trial after his lawyers’ appeals were denied by the Court of Appeal.
The Court has turned down his objection to remove a number of charges that he said were inaccurate.
He said that he couldn’t be accused of assisting someone to commit suicide while at the same time be accused of committing murder.
He also said that toxicology reports has confirmed that Lisa Maria was not under the influence at the time of her death, and asked for the reference to alcohol to be removed.
He also objected to the charge that he possessed indecent photos of Lisa Maria. He argued that the photos were in Lisa Maria’s phone, and not his, and as such were not in his possession.
Judge Antonio Mizzi moved to remove the alcohol reference, but turned down the other appeals. His July, 2017 decision was today confirmed by a Criminal Appeal Court presided over by Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri and Judges Joseph Zammit McKeon and Edwina Grima.
With the appeals stage out of the way, he now faces trial by jury.
Erin Tanti was arrested after he was found lying injured at the bottom of Dingli Cliffs near the dead body of Lisa Maria Zahra, on 19th March, 2014.