4,865 hours in community service during 2018

31 criminal offenders were ordered to do 4,865 hours of community work instead of being sentenced to a jail term in 2018.

The work assigned to them varied from maintenance, clerical, working in dog shelters, working with sports organisations, religious organisations and organisations that work with vulnerable individuals.

There were 37 cases where the offender was given a community sentence, amounting to a total of 6,840 hours doing community work, while in 2016 it was 58 cases with a total of 6,990 hours.

The figures were tabled in parliament following a PQ by Opposition MP Hermann Schiavone to Justice Minister Owen Bonnici.