After 2 months, man granted bail over Mġarr harbour fight

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

After nearly two months in detention, a 28-year-old man accused of grievously injuring two others during a fight which took place on 2 August was granted bail by the Criminal Court.

Frankie Camilleri, a Nadur resident, had injured the two men – a 24-year-old from Victoria and a 43-year-old from Għarb – outside a bar in Mġarr, Gozo, using a bottle.

Camilleri was accused of seriously injuring the two men, damaging private property belonging to one of them, endangering the lives of others and disturbing the peace, and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He was denied bail on multiple occasions by the Gozo Court of Magistrates, prompting his lawyer Kevin Mompalao to seek recourse in the Criminal Court. A bail decree was consequently delivered by Judge Aaron Bugeja.

Mompalao insisted that bail was being refused without a just reason, and that there was no reason why his client should be kept under arrest while criminal proceedings are ongoing.

The defence also argued that Camilleri himself was the victim in this case, stating that he had been attacked by the alleged victims. The two men, the Court was told, had spent the night terrorising Gozo, causing trouble in various localities. A doctor who examined them had also found them to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The two alleged victims had also been arraigned.