Young German handed conditional discharge for stealing
Sebastian Müller, 25, from Mönchengladbach but temporarily resident in St Julian's, was arraigned in Court by Police Inspector Geoffrey Azzopardi and handed a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to stealing a handbag from Ta' Qali.
Mr Müller stole a handbag containing several valuable items, including a Vertu mobile phone worth around €5,000, from Emiliya Valcheca Gatt, yesterday, September 2 at around 22.30h at Ta' Qali.
Lawyer Dr Gianluca Caruana Curran, representing the accused, asked the Court for clemency owing to the fact that Mr Müller has stable employment in Germany, and is to go back to Germany today. Moreover, the accused apologized to the victim and her husband Clinton Gatt in open Court, an apology which the victims graciously accepted. The stolen items were also returned to the Gatt couple.
Dr Caruana Curran told the Court that this was clearly a mistake owing to the bravado which the accused worked up by drinking on his last night in Malta, and pleaded for the Court to hand down a conditional discharge so as not to disrupt the life of the young German.
Magistrate Dr Audrey Demicoli obliged, and while warning the accused not to make such mistakes again, discharged him on condition that he does not commit another crime within the next two years.