New details have emerged in the strange case of Charlene Farrugia, the 25-year-old woman who was murdered 11 years ago and whose body was recently found hidden in bags in a Valletta ditch.
Two separate reports, by KullĦadd and Illum, state that the murder suspect John Paul Woods wasn’t dating Farrugia. According to KullĦadd, Woods had owed Farrugia’s ex boyfriend some €200 and the young woman was tasked with collecting the money after her ex ended up in jail.
“At one point, Woods told Farrugia to go to his apartment,” the report states. “Naturally, she was given the impression that she would be able to collect the money, but instead of giving her the €200, Woods took her life.”
Citing sources close to the investigation, Illum reported that police had found Farrugia injured in a street in Birżebbuġia, the same street she lived in, shortly before she disappeared.
Police treated this as a case of domestic violence and, according to the newspaper, this incident prompted police to interrogate the ex after Farrugia disappeared.
These two reports contradict a recent report by The Times of Malta, which stated that Woods was Farrugia’s boyfriend and that he was interrogated by police 11 years ago. The police force has categorically denied that Woods was ever interrogated.
Woods was arrested last month after he attempted to rob a Convenience Shop outlet in Gżira, a crime that soon landed him seven years’ imprisonment. He reportedly confessed to killing Farrugia while being treated at Mount Carmel and eventually indicated to police where he had hid her remains.
He hasn’t yet been charged with Farrugia’s murder as police are still awaiting the results of DNA tests to confirm their suspicions.