Updated- Polish 29 year killed in Sliema – Maltese 20 year old questioned by police / Malta News Briefing – Sunday 2 January 2022

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Updated – Developing Story The police have launched a murder investigation after a Polish woman, 29, was found dead in Ġnien Indipendenza in Sliema on Sunday morning. Net News reported that the victim was Paulina Dembska.

Police investigations by the Homicide Squad and district officers led to the identification and arrest of a 20-year old Maltese man from Żejtun, who is suspected with committing the alleged murder. He was arrested shortly after the murder in the area of Balluta.

The man stormed in the Balluta Church in the middle of Sunday mass early this morning and threatened to kill churchgoers who tried to calm him down.

In comments to Newsbook.com.mt Prior Charles Mallia said that at around 6am on Sunday morning, a man entered the Our lady of Mount Carmel Church in St Julian’s and made his way to the altar where he started shouting into the microphone on the pulpit.

The man proceeded to topple over a chair and stand, before being approached by some men who tried to calm him down, creating commotion during the ongoing Mass.

Fr Mallia said that the man then started yelling “get away from me, or I’ll kill you.”

Investigators, a forensics team and officers of the Major Crimes Unit were deployed to the area as soon as the body was noticed by a passerby at about 6.30am.

Sources close to the investigators told the TVM News Centre that the girl had several signs of violence including marks compatible with attempts at strangulation and signs of sexual abuse.

A magistrate is holding an inquiry.

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