A vegetable hawker has denied that he had sought sex from 3 women who are accused of extorting him, as the compilation of evidence continued in Court today.
According to the charges brought against him, they then blackmailed him, threatening to send the picture to his wife. They reportedly took €15,300 before he went to the police.
In Court, the mother had claimed that the street vendor had pestered her for sex before she gave in, but the street vendor denied pestering any of the women involved when he testified today.
During cross-examination, he denied telling the woman’s daughter not to interfere so that he could have sex with her mother, denied wanting to rent her a place, and denied still being in possession of the mobile phone which was used to take the compromising picture – which he claimed had been destroyed.
The man also insisted that he had been owed €6,500, and not €600 as claimed.
The case continues in May, when the 3 women are expected to testify.
Inspector Fabian Fleri is prosecuting. Lawyer Michael Sciriha is appearing on behalf of the accused, while lawyer Joanne Vella Cuschieri is assisting the vegetable hawker.
The names of those involved cannot be published by Court order.