British art dealer and his partner shot dead in their Maltese mansion as four gunmen hunted

A BRITISH art dealer and his partner have been shot dead in Malta after a gang raided their house.

Ivor Maciejowski, a Briton of Polish descent, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on the top floor of his home in the resort town of Sliema.

Christian Pandolfino, his Maltese partner, was found dead on the lower floor of the property.

The grim discovery was made about 10.30pm on Tuesday after police were called to reports of gunfire

Although the Maltese police said the motive behind the murders had not yet been established, there are reports that three men were filmed on CCTV entering the property.

After fleeing the scene, they were seen jumping into a getaway car driven by a fourth accomplice.

Police said they had launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Mr Maciejowski, 30, said on his Instagram account that he was a contemporary art dealer, photographer and publisher. 

He had previously owned a UK-based gallery online, which was said to have been dissolved in 2019.


Meanwhile Mr Pandolfino, is also believed to have shifted to the art world in recent years, becoming a shareholder of Sliema-based Art Decor Properties and Interiors.

He is thought to be a qualified doctor and the couple had been together for up to four years

According to the Times of Malta, he was also the owner of "an extensive collection of art".

The news shocked Malta’s LGBTQ community, and in a Facebook post Malta Pride suggested the crime had been a "botched hold up".

It said: "Tragic is an understatement.

"Although details of the case are still emerging, it seems that this was a botched hold up and not necessarily related to being a homophobic hate crime.

"It would be sensible to wait and see at this point without making any rash conclusions.”

Friend of the couple, Jordan Munn, said he and their other pals had been stunned by their deaths.

He said: "They were just really, really great people. Selfless and funny and just friendly."

Meanwhile, Mr Pandolfino’s nephew, Luca Pandolfino, said on Facebook that his family had lost "two gentle giants".

He said: "We all are still trying to make sense of things during these tragic times.

"Yesterday the world lost two gentle giants who were the two nicest people you could ever meet, keep your loved ones close because you never know when they could be taken away from you.

"Rest in peace uncle Chris and Ivor."

The investigation is ongoing.

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