The self-confessed middleman in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has admitted to stabbing himself the night before he was due to give evidence at trial, police have said.
Melvin Theuma, who was given a presidential pardon in exchange for revealing details of the plot to kill the investigative journalist, told police and paramedics that his wounds were self-inflicted and that no third party was involved.
He had been found on Tuesday night in the bedroom of his police-protected residence in a pool of his own blood after his lawyer raised the alarm, according to a police statement, which added that he was holding a knife in his right hand.
It said he had suffered “multiple injuries to his neck, kidneys and wrist.”
There was no reason provided for the self-harm.