The compilation of evidence in the case of Miriam Pace’s death as her residence collapsed into a construction site, has started in court. Four men are currently accused of causing damage on private property, and of involuntary homicide.
This morning, Mrs Pace’s husband, Carmel took the stand to testify.
Mr Pace said that they had been married since April 1988 and they had two children. He also explained that they had lived in that house since they got married.
Asked about whether he had ever objected to the construction taking place next to his house, Mr Pace said that him and his wife were in the process of putting their house on the market, to look for a smaller residence, closer to where their daughter lives, and said that this was fueled when the construction works started.
After an incident which occurred in February 2020, Mr and Mrs Pace, and their neighbours called for a meeting with the developer and the architect of the project – a meeting which took place on the 24th February 2020. During the meeting, Mr and Mrs Pace, and all the concerned residents were assured that all precautions were being taken, and that the project and the people behind it were abiding by all laws and regulations.
Mr Pace said when the works started, he had also commissioned an architect to carry out a study on the condition of his own property – even because Miriam Pace was having anxiety attacks due to the project.
Carmel Pace mentioned that he used to call his wife every day, at 2pm, and that on the day of the incident he called her at around 14:10. Just five minutes after, a colleague of his told him that a house had collapsed in Hamrun
Mr Pace called his wife on the landline and on her mobile phone, to no avail.
Visibly emotional, Mr Pace said that he asked for permission to leave his place of work, and went straight home, as he felt something had happened to his wife.
“When I saw the state my house was in, I was telling myself that only a miracle can save my wife,” Mr Pace said, whilst adding that they only managed to retrieve a few items from their residence, but things like jewelry and other items have never been found.
Other people who have given their testimony today, in front of Magistrate Joe Mifsud, are neighbours of the Pace Family, as well as people who live in neighbouring streets.