Malta, police arrest main suspect related to the killing of a gay couple
Police in Malta have arrested an Albanian with criminal record in connection with a double murder of a gay couple which occurred last week in Sliema. The arrest of Daniel Muka, 30, considered by the local police as a very dangerous criminal, took place after an intensive search was carried out in a private residence in Floriana this afternoon, few meters away from the Police Headquarters. The police fired around seven warning shots before entered the residence and inside found the Albanian who some years ago was involved in a robbery at a jeweller’s shop.
The Police are also holding under custody at least another Maltese man who allegedly assisted the main suspects to hide after the murder. Two other persons involved in the case are still being searched.
The weapon allegedly used in the double murder has been found in the same building and is in police possession.
Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela took to Twitter to congratulate the officers involved in the raid, stating that their breakthrough proved that the police force is made of “hard-working officers who strive to serve and protect our people.”
Christian Pandolfino, a 58-year-old doctor turned investment banker and Ivor Maciejowski, a 30-year-old British national and art dealer, had been killed in their home in Sliema on 18 August. The aggressors have spent just four minutes inside the house, firing six shots in the process. One of the victims was found on the first floor of the premises while the other was found on the second floor.
The getaway vehicle used in the murder was found in the multi-storey carpark next to St Lukès Hospital yesterday, and the discovery appears to have helped the police in their investigations. The car had been reported stolen two years ago, and it was bearing number plates stolen recently from another vehicle.