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16 maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 9 MARCH 2022 ACROSS 1) Pressly of "My Name Is Earl" 6) Successful, in Variety 11) Puppy's tail movement 14) City near Salt Lake 15) Less available 16) "___ the ramparts ..." 17) Attractive 19) Miner's profit 20) Cologne water 21) Collection of sayings 22) Do alternative 23) Small racing vehicles 27) Extended a subscription 29) Foreman striker? 30) It's between black and white 32) Stretch auto 33) "___ in Black" (1997 film) 34) Consumer 36) Ringlets 39) Where peat is found 41) Referring to birth 43) Distort, as data 44) Jellied garnish 46) Battery type 48) Suffix with "direct" or "detect" 49) Yodeler's feedback 51) Like deserts 52) Flanders of cartoons 53) Anglers' weights 56) Asylum seeker 58) U.S. lang. 59) Computer "brain" 60) John's "Blues Brothers" co- star 61) Sigma successor 62) The hereafter 68) Hangman request? 69) Cause of many yawns 70) "The King" of music 71) Decimal-system base 72) Horse instructors 73) Apportioned, as cards DOWN 1) One way to run 2) In the past 3) "Don't mind if _ " 4) Jason's wife, in myth 5) Get bigger 6) Bart, to Maggie, slangily 7) Mighty hardwood 8) Tuck, for one 9) Aromatic herb 10) All-natural 11) Carpentry 12) Eaglet nursery 13) Midas' undoing 18) Defeated, in a way 23) Viola da ___ 24) Toast spreads 25) Creature near the Ant- arctic Circle 26) Evil a ngel 28) Grounded Australians 31) "Bigfoot" relatives 35) Car built for speed 37) River's border, some- times 38) One from Malmo 40) Word with "bay" or "pay" 42) Rio Grande city 45) One of two that makes a king? 47) Slung mud at 50) Live-forever plant 53) ___ ease (relieve one's mind) 54) Pointle ss ly silly 55) Islam branch 57) Brother of your father 63) Beretta, for one 64) "Prove" prefix 65) Macrogametes 66) Cool number? 67) NYC winter clock setting Solution to last week's crossword The answers to today's crossword will be published in next week's Midweek edition Weather Partly cloudy Visibility Good Wind North Northwest force 7 backing Northwest force 5 to 6 and becoming force 4 to 5 overnight TODAY TOMORROW Crossword WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY MAINLY SUNNY 12 0 / 6 0 13 0 / 8 0 FEELS LIKE 9 0 FEELS LIKE 11 0 MATTHEW AGIUS A man who robbed a pharmacy using a pistol-shaped cigarette lighter in 2019 has been sen- tenced to six years in jail. Silvio Camilleri, a 37 year-old Gzira resident, had admitted to stealing around €250 in cash from the Ta' Xbiex pharmacy and threatening the cashier with a fake pistol, which turned out to be a lighter. Camilleri was also found guilty of attempting to rob a woman in the street the day af- ter the hold up. Camilleri, who has an acute drug problem, admitted to the hold up, which had taken place on December 4, 2019, but had denied using a weapon or any connection to a bag snatching at- tempt in Gzira the next day. He argued that lighters shaped like handguns were common and easily found in the market. "I couldn't do anything with it but light it up," he had told the court. As the robber leaned over the counter to reach into the till, the cashier had bravely pulled down the shawl Camilleri had used to conceal his identity, the court had been told. With regards to the incident of attempted bag snatching, Mag- istrate Frendo Dimech observed that the evidence showed that the victim had been hit in the face and had ended up sprawled on the ground. Camilleri had then tried to steal her h a n d b a g , but failed. An eyewit- ness who had seen the crime take place as he stood in his balco- ny testified to the assailant having been wearing a black hoodie. He had identified Camilleri after his arrest, some days later. The victim had also iden- tified him in court, telling the magistrate how the man had repeatedly punched her in the face and caused bruising. The court noted that Camilleri had chosen to testify, and had given a contradictory account, commenting that the case was proof of the Maltese adage "li l-gid- dieb għomru qasir." (the trust will always out) Although he was declared not guilty of using a firearm dur- ing the robbery, Camilleri was convicted of the other charges against him, including those relating to his f a i l u r e t o observe his bail conditions and recidivism. Besides the six year prison sen- tence, the court also revoked Camilleri's two bail decrees, ordering the confiscation of €25,000 in bail guarantees, which if unpaid will translate into a longer sentence. He was also ordered to foot the bill for €1,400 in expenses relat- ing to the ap- pointment of court ex- perts. Inspectors Lydon Zammit, Fabian Fleri and Colin S h e l d o n prosecut- ed. Six years jail for drug addict who robbed pharmacy with pistol-shaped lighter Man admits to stealing around €250 in cash from a Ta' Xbiex pharmacy and threatening the cashier with a fake pistol

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