The mother of Liam Debono, the teenager who ran over PS Simon Schembri in a notorious hit-and-run in Luqa last year, has pleaded guilty to stealing money from six petrol stations.
Charlotte Zammit, 37, was charged in court this morning with robbing petrol stations in Paola, Żabbar, Attard, Qormi, St Paul’s Bay and Mellieħa on different nights between May and July.
Magistrate Neville Camilleri warned Zammit that her guilty plea could see her sent to jail, but the suspect refused to change her stance.
Charlotte Zammit was interviewed by ONE last year
Police inspector Roderick Agius urged the magistrate to jail Zammit, warning that she is a recidivist with a drug problem who will be difficult to rehabilitate. He advised that she use her prison time to undergo rehab and change her ways.
Legal aid lawyer Josette Sultana told the magistrate to consider the fact that Zammit had pleaded guilty at an early stage, and that the money robbed was “not substantial”.
Zammit will be sentenced next week.
Her case comes a month after her son Liam Debono was sentenced to five years in jail and fined €60,000 for driving without a license while out on bail.
He is still facing charges of attempted murder for having run over PS Simon Schembri, an incident that forced the police sergeant to amputate his arm.
Cover photo: Left: Charlotte Zammit during an interview with ONE, Right: Liam Debono right after his arrest for the hit-and-run (Photo: TVM)