Signs of forced entry were found at the home of the shocking Sliema double murder, with police telling the court outright that they are considering theft as a motive behind the brutal shooting.
Inspector James Grech confirmed that that leverage marks were found on the front door during this morning’s case against Daniel Muka, an Albanian national with criminal history who has been charged with the murders.
However, under questioning from parte civile lawyer Joe Giglio, it was revealed that the doorbell of the residence was rung.
Police believe that the bell was rung by a third suspect who wanted to get into the house. Initially two suspects, a tall man and a “short and chubby” man entered the house. The short man told the third suspect to enter a minute or two later.
Chris Pandolfino and Ivor Maciejowksi were murdered in their home on 18th August. CCTV footage revealed that Pandolfino had only arrived home at 10.10pm, while the suspects were spotted scanning the area from roughly 10.13pm. They entered the house at 10.19pm.
Pandolfino, who was found in his underwear, was shot five times in the doorway of the home. Maciejowski was found with one bullet to the head on the staircase in between the first and second landing. Police believe Maciejowski rushed downstairs upon hearing the commotion.
Items from the house were later discovered in the getaway car used, which police found parked in a Pieta’ car park a few days later with the aid of CCTV footage.
A brown female handbag containing soap bars and business cards belonging to Paula Pandolfino, Chris’ sister, was found in the car. Muka, identified as the tall man in the footage, was even found wearing a necklace usually worn by Pandolfino.
Gold chains and other jewellery were stolen from the men, but there were no signs of the suspects rummaging through the entire house. Pandolfino still had some jewellery on when he was found by police.
Masks, gloves, a wig, an imitation AK47 assault rifle and another imitation rifle were found in the luggage boot of the car. Stolen number plates were also found inside it. The police also seized two laptops and four mobile phones from Muka.
A blue top carrying the DNA of Muka, Pandolfino and Maciejowski was also found in the car. The murder weapon with six bullets missing was discovered on the raid of Muka’s Floriana hideout.
The case will continue on 8 October at 11.30am.
Photo source: Door at Muka’s Floriana Hideout – Danny Doneo
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