The murder of a mother and her daughter in Għaxaq last week is the third instance of bloodshed within the ill-fated family.
Joseph Bonnici, 38, of Għaxaq, was on Sunday charged with murdering his mother, Marie-Lourdes Bonnici, 70, and his sister, Angele, 29.
The prosecution said in court during his arraignment he had confessed to the double killing when being interrogated by the police and later also agreed to take investigators to the Gudja field where he had buried the two bodies.
The grim discoveries were made early on Saturday.
The two had been reported missing the Wednesday before, having last been seen 24 hours earlier.
Paul Bonnici, the father of the accused, is serving a 31-year prison sentence after having been convicted of killing two neighbours 19 years ago.
Joseph Bonnici’s own grandfather had been shot dead in October 1978.
The 2000 double murder was the culmination of a long-standing dispute between the Bonnici family and their neighbours.
Their regular arguments came to a head one day in May when Mr Bonnici Sr shot Joseph and Carmela Dalli outside their home. He then reloaded the gun and shot the two at point-blank range in the head, his trial had been…