The lawyer for the family of a Maltese woman who died following the collapse of a neighbouring building has taken to social media to clarify his client’s intentions as the court case ends.
“With reference to the sentence given by the Magistrates Court this morning in relation to the incident where Miriam Pace lost her life, the Pace family wants to clarify that it never wanted to hold a vendetta and for that reason, when asked what punishment should be given, it never suggested prison time in regards the architects,” David Bonello said.
His words come amid continued public backlash against the punishment given to the two architects found guilty of the involuntary homicide of Miriam Pace.
Magistrate Joe Mifsud ordered Roderick Camilleri, 37, to undergo 480 hours of community service and pay a €10,000 fine and Anthony Mangion, 73, to undergo 400 hours of community service and pay a €8,000 fine.
Many felt like this was too lenient when considering a woman’s life had been lost.
Activists and many within the Maltese public sphere have been waiting for the architects responsible for Pace’s death – which rocked the island when it happened – to be punished as a form of closure, as well as a way to send a strong message to “cowboy architects” on the island.
However, the sentence was perceived as too lenient by many.
During sentencing, Magistrate Mifsud quoted Archbishop Charles Scicluna as saying society was after justice, not revenge, for Miriam Pace. And now, it seems the Pace family, who suffered greatly during this ordeal, feel the same way.
What do you make of the Pace family’s position?