Deo Debono, the Catholic priest accused of stealing up to €100,000 worth of sacred art from his parish, has pled guilty to at least three of the charges brought against him in court today.
Among other things, he has been accused of theft and the misappropriation of sacred spaces in Valletta.
The sitting, presided over by Magistrate Ian Farrugia, saw Debono plead guilty ahead of a second sitting expected to happen later today.
The defence has since requested that the case be heard behind closed doors due to its sensitive nature.
Since the shocking discovery of Debono’s betrayal, Valletta parishioners have been left lost and confused, with some defending the shamed priest in the same week that the St Augustine parish was forced to cancel part of their feast’s celebrations.
Debono was removed from his parish the very same week of the feast of St Augustine, and has since been banned from celebrating within his ministry.
He will be banned from celebrating until police investigations and court proceedings conclude.
Fr Leslie Gatt, the Augustinian Provincial in Malta, is standing in for the province.
Inspectors Saviour Baldacchino and Jeffrey Scicluna prosecuted as Dr Stephen Tonna Lowell defended Debono.