Buġibba homicide: Bar proprietor ‘kicked sufferer within the head as he bent down to choose up cellphone’, courtroom hears

A person who died exterior a bar in Buġibba had fallen down a flight of stairs after being kicked within the head as he bent down to choose up his cellphone, a courtroom heard.

On Monday, the gathering of proof continued in opposition to David Busuttil, accused of the homicide of Roger Dudley-Ward in Bugibba.

Busuttil, 59, who owns Munchies Bar in Triq it-Turisti, is accused of killing Dudley-Ward, 60, who died final month shortly after falling down the steps of the bar following an argument with the accused . Busuttil can also be accused of inflicting severe damage, attempting to erase proof and endangering public peace.

Justice of the Peace Doreen Clarke heard proof from a police sergeant stationed in Qawra, who informed the courtroom that police have been alerted after an ambulance had been despatched to Triq it-Turisti within the city to take care of a significantly injured man.

He had visited the person in hospital and spoken to the nurse on obligation, who had informed the sergeant that whereas they have been attending to the sufferer, a person who had been with him informed her that they’d been consuming on the Munchies bar when an argument broke out. . Throughout that argument, Dudley-Ward bent down to choose up one thing she had dropped, her attacker hit her within the head and knocked her to the bottom, police have been informed.

Not lengthy after questioning the nurse, the officer had been knowledgeable that the sufferer’s situation had worsened and that he was now in peril of dying. The sergeant went to the Munchies bar straight from the hospital, he stated. The bar was closed, however the officer seen blood on the ground exterior it.

The policeman stated he tried to contact Busuttil, however the accused’s cellphone was switched off. Lastly, the accused was contacted by social media. Busuttil was known as in for questioning, initially as an informant, not a suspect, however was learn his rights anyway, as a precaution, stated Sgt.

Busuttil had chosen to be assisted by a lawyer and authorized assist lawyer Martin Fenech was requested to advise the accused.

Busuttil had informed police that the argument had began after the sufferer insulted him about his associate, earlier than continuing to set hearth to a bar door. When the defendant informed Dudley-Ward to go away, the sufferer had thrown the contents of her glass over the defendant, which he had matched after which pushed the sufferer.

He informed police that “someway” the sufferer had ended up falling down the steps.

Throughout their interrogation, the officers seen crimson stains on Busuttil’s shirt and, suspecting that they have been blood stains, took the shirt for testing and later handed it over to the forensics for testing.

Shane Eagle, who was with the sufferer on the bar, had additionally been spoken to by police. Eagle had informed investigators that the sufferer had been kicked within the head when he bent down to choose up his cellphone. By the point the ambulance arrived, Dudley-Ward was already unconscious, the sergeant reported Eagle informed him.

Requested how Dudley-Ward had reacted when the drink was thrown in his face, the person stated “Roger is a pacifist and when it occurred, he acquired confused and did not do something,” the sergeant informed the courtroom right this moment.

A police sergeant, based mostly within the Murder Squad, additionally testified. His unit had been knowledgeable of the incident when the sufferer was nonetheless in peril of dying, he defined.

When he arrived on the scene, he seen that the bar was closed and that blood could possibly be seen on the ground exterior. A number of CCTV cameras coated the realm, he stated.

On the Qawra police station, the sergeant discovered Busuttil in police custody. “At one level, his cellphone began ringing. Once I checked who was calling, I noticed that it was a contact saved as ‘Mark Genovese CCTV cameras.’

Genovese had additionally been known as in for questioning by police, the sergeant continued. He informed investigators he had put in the CCTV cameras at Munchies and later gave an announcement to police.

Performing on the knowledge given by the defendant, the sergeant then contacted a cleaner who had the keys to Munchies. Police used it to interrupt open the institution, the place it was famous that safety cameras coated the premises, each inside and outside. Busuttil had insisted to the police that the argument didn’t happen within the bar, however on the terrace and had pointed to a beer can on the ground, which he stated had been thrown by the sufferer. “He stated the sufferer had additionally been coughing into his drink,” the witness added.

After closing the bar, the witness accompanied Busuttil to his home to gather prescribed drugs. A health care provider on the Floriana Well being Heart licensed an abrasion on his proper index finger. Busuttil was later escorted to hospital for checks after complaining of chest pains.

Two statements have been taken, one earlier than and one after his discharge from hospital. He was assisted by a lawyer for each statements, the witness added.

Busuttil’s cellphone had been seized and later exhibited as proof and the white T-shirt that the accused was sporting on the time of his arrest was additionally given to the brokers on the crime scene, as indicated by the sergeant.

On the finish of right this moment’s session, the courtroom referred the acts of the case to the Lawyer Normal’s Workplace, which can resolve whether or not to situation an indictment or return the acts to assemble extra proof.

The case continues in September.

Attorneys Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri are protection attorneys for the accused.

Prosecutor Abigail Caruana Vella appeared on behalf of the Prosecutor’s Workplace.

Inspector Shaun Pawnney is prosecuting.

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