Has one of the Police Minister’s (ex) clients got him by the goolies?

Published: July 24, 2013 at 11:27am

Given the kind of clients he had, I think this is not an outrageously inappropriate concern.

The Malta Independent reports on the exhumation of Mario Camilleri Senior’s corpse:

Pathologists found that someone fired in his direction but the bullet did not penetrate his head.

Was that discovery before or after he was buried last Saturday? How does a pathologist find that a gun was fired in a dead person’s direction, unless there was an entry wound?

This is turning into a black farce.

33 Comments Comment

  1. La Redoute says:

    Was Mona Camilleri Emmanuel Mallia’s client in this case?


  2. Bubu says:

    The bullet could have just grazed the head without penetrating the skull. It would be possible to determine the direction of fire from the shape of the graze.

    • La Redoute says:

      In which case it is instantly possible to see whether the skull was penetrated or not. Why are so many people so eager to explain away an action that looks dubious from every angle?

  3. La Redoute says:

    It sounds like the pathologists didn’t get to see the bodies before they were buried.

    Anyone can count stab wounds and bullet entry points, but it takes proper pathological examination to determine the cause of death. Without that, conviction of the accused is unlikely. So what kind of game is being played here? And can we be sure Mallia doesn’t have a hand in it?

  4. TinaB says:

    All this is giving me the shivers.

    Is our country being run by criminals and low lifes?

    I think that It is time for the Prime Minister to start calling for resignations – this is getting very scary.

  5. M... says:

    Let’s just stick with the heart attack version of events, it’s more straightforward and everyone can go home and forget about it.

  6. Paddling Duck says:

    The only appropriate soundtrack for the next 5 years is Edith Piaf – Mon Dieu.

  7. Rita Camilleri says:

    What I find rather worrying is, why the hurry to bury them? Was there anything hide?

  8. beingpressed says:

    Ask Mr Zampa

  9. r meilak says:

    Sometimes bullet entry wounds might be hard to detect when there an advanced state of decomposition, exit wounds tend to be larger, so if the bullet did not exit the body then it makes it harder to detect a bullet.

    Usually bullets in a body are found under X-ray.

    So can I conclude that the body was not X-ray’d??

    • La Redoute says:

      Well, precisely. If the pathologists saw evidence of a gun having been fired in the direction of he accused, one would expect them to check about penetration right away not three days after burial. Did they see the bodies at all?

    • Gakku says:

      It might be worth asking whether a full autopsy was performed on both bodies to be honest.

  10. Osservatore says:

    “How does a pathologist find that a gun was fired in a dead person’s direction, unless there was an entry wound?”

    I would suggest it’s trace evidence – either what they call traces of GSR (gun shot residue) or powder burns (where the powder actually burns the victim’s skin.) This trace evidence may not have been evident due to the cadaver’s state of decomposition or the soil/manure that was used to bury the body. Tests may have carried out, and results received, only after the release of the body.

    So the main questions remain – 1) Why would the bodies be released for burial before all the tests had been concluded and 2) who is in a position to release the body for burial?

    Either way, the way the story is unfolding is indicative of shoddy police or pathology work. So shoddy, that one of the bodies had to be exhumed for further examination!

    On another note, the finding of a third foot has led to arraignments in connection with Matthew Zampa. How can the police say without yet having conclusive DNA results in hand, who this foot belongs to, and that the victim in question was shot dead, let alone make arraignments?

    They cannot, at least not unless the guilty party or an accomplice have already confessed to Matthew Zampa’s murder, confirming that he was buried in the same field and that he has been shot dead.

    And if that is the case, why aren’t they saying so?

  11. Dgatt says:

    I beg to differ with your assertion. It is very much possible for pathologists to determine that such thing happened if there is a grazing wound (i.e. only skin is partially penetrated, not the actual bone) or indeed gunshot residue on the hair.

  12. Jozef says:

    Anyone remember when Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici was made to resign and why?

    Or when a Nationalist mayor resigned when he admitted his five year old daughter had ‘used’ the council’s laptop?

    Manna for the defence, those three have been charged with something which simply didn’t happen.

  13. Incognito says:

    Perhaps the reporter meant skull rather than head?

  14. john says:

    I would hazard that it’s an even firmer grip than just by the goolies.

    They’ve got him by his meat and two veg.

  15. It is too tragic to be a farce of any colour.
    Stop playing games, evil games, when it comes to crime.

  16. Aunt Hetty says:

    There are forensic tests that determine wether a wound (gun shot or otherwsie) was inflicted on a body when there was still life in the body.

    Shooting an already dead body is not murder. Maybe that is the card the defence lawyers will be trying to use in the case of Mario Snr’s death.

    • La Redoute says:

      The tests should have been done before burial, not after. Doesn’t it strike you as odd that they weren’t?

  17. LJ says:

    “How does a pathologist find that a gun was fired in a dead person’s direction, unless there was an entry wound? ”

    The body/person would have gun shot residue, and/or burn marks from the “blast” and no entry/exit wound. The bullet could have grazed hence no penetration.

  18. Jar Jar says:

    Looks like there is the beginning of a mis-trial plea. Or ‘wrong charges’.

  19. Socrates says:

    What Daphne has reported in this blog in anticipation of what we read on newspapers this morning about the exhumation of Mr Camilleri is a sign of great weakness in the Police Corps, including the newly appointed Police Commissioner, and the Minister ‘in persona.’

    I hope that all fellow citizens are aware of the gravity of this situation: we, as taxpayers, are feeding the fools.

  20. francesca says:

    Imhawwda l-borma milli jidher………

  21. Antoine Vella says:

    Perhaps the bullet was pushed back before it could enter.

  22. Josette says:

    Or tampered evidence …

  23. Francis Saliba MD says:

    I can visualise any future lawyer for the defence making mincemeat out of this shambles of a forensic autopsy, as usual always to the benefit of violent criminals and their lawyers cum legislators.

  24. H.P. Baxxter says:

    I don’t know why you’re all so agitated. The dead men’s funeral card assures us that they are now reunited with the Lord in heaven.

    God bless the great nation of Malta. We do have our priorities right, what?

    • anthony says:

      The reunion with the Almighty is very welcome indeed.

      In fact it is the only redeeming feature of this great and very worrying shambles.

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