Three young Maltese men from Siġġiewi have been charged with gang-raping a friend in a field in Ħaż-Żebbuġ last June.
The men, aged 22, 23 and 25, allegedly told the 20-year-old they were going to the field to watch the fireworks display of the Ħaż-Żebbuġ village feast, before raping her there.
However, the young woman’s ordeal came to light months later after she reported them to the police.
The suspects are pleading not guilty and have been remanded in custody.
One of the accused, who is afflicted by a form of disability, requested bail on the grounds that he was about to start a training course leading up to a job that is tailor-made for his needs. However, magistrate Doreen Clarke shot down his request. She also ordered a ban on the publication of the accused’s names, something the victim’s lawyer Arthur Azzopardi also agreed would be in his client’s best interests.
Prosecuting inspector John Spiteri, who described the case as “one of the most shocking cases I have ever investigated” told the court that the victim would testify once the forensic tests were concluded.
Lawyers Stefano Filletti, Stephen Tonna Lowell, Leslie Cuschieri and Roberto Montalto are representing the accused.
Cover photo: Stock image of a field in Ħaż-Żebbuġ