The youth accused with Paulina Dembska’s murder is again under custody at Mt Carmel hospital, this time after prison doctors examined Abner Aquilina who wasn’t released from custody on Friday after he was arraigned in Court.
Sources told this station that the youth had stopped attending psycho-therapeutic sessions some two years ago, while he allegedly was also reported to have harassed a number of women, a nurse, when he was recovering at Mt Carmel hospital during the days after the murder.
Aquilina had said that the he was sent by God to build an army because he has a natural disposition of identifying whether someone is a good person.
Reliable sources told the News Centre that the first words uttered by the accused regarding the murder of Paulina Dembska, Aquilina stated that he was sent by God to build an army because he has a natural disposition of identifying whether someone is good or bad. The 20-year old Żejtun youth allegedly made the statement shortly after he committed the crime on the 2nd January at a public garden in Tas-Sliema.
After creating a commotion inside the Balluta church he was treated for some injuries
Sources close to the investigations told TVM that on the day of the crime Aquilina was admitted at the Floriana health centre after he created a commotion inside the Balluta churrch and needed treatment for some injuries. It is understood that some minutes later the Police received a phone call about a dead body in Independence garden in Tas-Sliema. In the meantime, a medical examination had already started on Aquilina by the health centre’s doctor, with investigators connecting the two incidents – that is Aquilina’s injuries and the discovery of the corpse.
Abner refrained from continuing with psychiatric tests two years ago – he was under the influence of synthetic drugs
It emerged that Aquilina allegedly has a long story of mental health problems, and it is understood that he stopped attending psycho-therapeutic sessions around two years ago. His behavior was also reflected when he was recovering in Mt Carmel hospital where he was medically examined after Police investigations were suspended. Witnesses said that Aquilina allegedly started harassing a number of women, including nurses. Later on, it appears that the youth allegedly resulted positive to synthetic drugs and had drank a lot of alcohol before committing the crime.
According to the same sources, investigators also spoke with Rive of Love movement members and it appears that Aquilina attended the first and only meeting on the eve of the murder.
Expressed concern on the Police thesis that the murder was not targeted towards women
Meanwhile, the Women’s Lobby and the Faculty for the Wellbeing of Society expressed concern on the Police thesis that this murder was not targeted towards women, remarking that the fact that the aggressor was accused with rape indicates that there was a woman as a target. They appealed to authorities to consider this murder as a violent crime against women.