Updated at 2.40pm
An 81-year-old man was accused in court on Tuesday of sexually abusing a five-year-old girl at his home in Msida on Monday.
Carmelo Refalo, who appeared to be a little hard of hearing, pleaded not guilty to defiling a minor, facilitating her defilement, committing sexual acts with a person under the age of 16, committing a non-consensual sexual act as well as having carried out such alleged. misdemeanor while under a probation order granted in 2020.
No details of the case were released during the hearing, with most of it being kept behind closed doors, including video testimony from the alleged victim and her father.
Sources later told Times of Malta that the accused was granted bail. He must sign a bail book twice a week, deposit €5,000 and provide a personal guarantee of €15,000.
Prosecution Inspector Kylie Borg informed the Court that the accused and the alleged victim were not related.
Presided over by Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.
Inspectors Kylie Borg and Colin Sheldon were summoned, assisted by the AG’s lawyer Darlene Grima.
The lawyers Ludvic Caruana and Janice Borg were defense lawyers.
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