CCTV footage of the exact moment businessman Hugo Chetcuti received a fatal stabbing is circulating on web messaging services.
The footage, which was referenced in court this morning, confirms earlier reports of how the stabbing took place.
The grainy black and white footage shows Chetcuti resting on a stool outside one of his establishments when a figure wearing a cowboy hat walks towards him. The man holds a large knife which shines on camera before he approaches Chetcuti.
As originally reported, the killer is seen going up to Chetcuti ostensibly to hug him but quickly stabs him at least twice before running off. Two men who were with Chetcuti at the time chase after the killer, while Chetcuti can be seen looking at his wounds in disbelief, still standing and able to walk up the nearby steps.
Chetcuti succumbed to his injuries six days later following an infection.
Bojan Cmelik, 35, a Serbian national who was also a former employee of Hugo’s entertainment establishments, has been charged with the murder but is pleading not guilty.
Sections of the media published the footage online but the court has ordered that it be taken down with immediate effect.