More than two years after they were robbed of their 27-year-old daughter, two grieving parents have yet to be given the clothes she was wearing on the day she was killed in a traffic collision.
Josephine and Giuseppe Boni say they are still waiting for authorities to return the brand-new bikers’ boots and gloves Johanna was wearing on that fateful January day.
They have also never obtained Johanna's Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, which went missing from the site of the accident and which contained images, videos and messages which her parents are longing to see.
It’s not who you are but who you know. Who you know can get you out of trouble
It was only in August last year that the family – after their lawyers, Michael and Lucio Sciriha, insisted – had Johanna’s personal effects returned to them.
Motorcyclist Johanna Boni was crushed by a cement mixer in Labour Avenue, Naxxar, on January 5, 2016. The 27-year-old was riding her bike to work when the accident happened.
Twenty-five months later, the case remains open and the driver of the cement mixer is back on the road.
"The person who killed Johanna is still driving,” Mrs Boni said. “Everywhere in the world if you are suspected of killing someone, your licence is revoked. The guy is still driving, because people said he needed to work.”
Teary-eyed, the grieving mother said she still encounters the kind of truck that killed her daughter – a grim reminder of the daughter she lost.
"I want the same thing you would want if this happened to your daughter, or your mother or your husband,” Mrs Boni added. She and her husband expressed their trust in Magistrate Aaron Bugeja, who is presiding over the case, which continues on Monday.
Mr and Mrs Boni said their daughter was not only a victim of a tragic road accident, but also a “victim of the system.”
“Corruption is deep within the system. It’s not who you are but who you know. Who you know can get you out of trouble,” said Mrs Boni.
The grieving parents feel there is no will to help them, despite more than 25 months having passed since their daughter’s death. “This is a road accident – why is there so much resistance?” the family asked.
“People keep asking me how I feel. How should I feel?"
Mr and Mrs Boni were speaking to the Times of Malta before a commemorative bike ride, which was held in remembrance of Johanna’s death and the deaths of other fallen bikers.
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