The murders of Raymond Agius ‘il-Maksar’, Renzo Borg and Joe Baldacchino (1)

In one of the articles in the series of the analysis of David Gatt, I wrote:

“This site has also received information that Gatt was also reported for being allegedly involved in the homicides of Raymond Agius ‘il-Maksar’, a certain Renzo Borg and Joe Baldacchino.”

In this piece, we analyse these murders and I will start with that of Raymond Agius ‘il-Maksar’.

Raymond Agius ‘il-Maksar’ was shot dead on 24th April 2008 while he was at the Butterfly Bar in Birkirkara, being a regular client with John Giordmaina, another car dealer. He was 49. It was at 9.15 am when two men arrived on a motorcycle, entered the bar with their crash helmets on, went straight for him and one fired a pistol which hit him in the head. He fell on the floor in a pool of blood, and was rushed to Mater Dei, but died soon after. The two men escaped quickly on the motorcycle.

Raymond Agius, “was known by many as he was involved in various business activities including dealing in second-hand cars, owning a showroom in Zebbug, importing various goods and a property dealer.” In her blog, Daphne had written that he “was a smuggler who used a car dealership and real estate business as cover for the real source of his income.”

“A police source with knowledge of the investigation said police had suspected the hit was over a series of property deals and disagreements over smuggled goods.”

What are these smuggled goods? Drugs?

A reminder of the stark observation made by Daphne:

“And everybody pretends there’s no pattern. The diesel smugglers are described as ‘fishermen’ or ‘restaurateurs’, and the drug smugglers are called long-distance lorry drivers or hauliers, or ‘unemployed family men’ or ‘businessmen’, though some of them are occasionally described as ‘known to the police’.”

Raymond Agius was a ‘businessman’.

A reminder that his two sons, Robert and Adrian Agius, known also as ‘Tal-Maksar’ brothers, were arrested on suspicion that they supplied the bomb used to assassinate Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

Four people were held by the police in connection with their father’s murder. Two were Birkirkara men, and another from Zebbug. Who was the fourth one? No one else than Romeo Bone, also ‘known to the police’, a convicted criminal, who had been accused of carrying out another ‘coincidentally’ armed robbery, to add with the series of armed robberies we had, this time that of the “Luxe Pavilion Diamonds International outlet in Portomaso in February 2007, in which almost €233,000 worth of jewellery was stolen.” However, by another pure coincidence, he was cleared of such charges by the Courts, stating that “none of the accusations levelled against him had been sufficiently proven.”

To keep on adding more weights on the weighing pan, Bone was listed as a suspect by investigators investigating the murder of Joe Baldacchino, and “was also investigated in the murder of Gozitan businessman Joe Baldacchino, after a piece of paper with a scrawled note of the victim’s car licence plate number was found in his car. Baldacchino was fatally shot shortly after he had parked his car in Valletta on 23 November 2010, and died one month later after clinging to life in intensive care.”

“Bone had been listed as a suspect, but investigators could not gather proof to put him at the scene of the crime or show that he had any connection to Baldacchino.”

I will write in more detail about the murder of Joe Baldacchino in the next piece.

Who was the one to make reference to Romeo Bone in court for the first time, linking the Degiorgios and Agius to the car bomb attack? Vince Muscat il-Koħħu.

Why do we always go round in a loop with the same names coming up?

Dear readers, what are the odds that the same circle mentioned in the Degiorgios’ press release, or part of this circle, which includes David Gatt and Chris Cardona among others, is involved in the murder of Raymond Agius il-Maksar?

Didn’t the same Vince Muscat il-Koħħu testify in court that “before he became a minister, Cardona had confided in him that Gatt (with whom he shared a legal office) had hidden 300g of cocaine in their office soffit?”

Was the circle doing drug deals by any chance, and then, if a drug deal or any other ‘smuggled good’, goes wrong, someone is targeted, shot and killed?

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