Detained under arrest following fight in sports club

CMRU

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 41-year-old Qormi resident has been remanded under custody after he pleaded not guilty of grievously injuring another man in front of Court on Sunday.

In Court, the prosecution stated that the self-employed man had proved an argument in a boċċi (bocce) club.

The defence has requested the release from arrest on the grounds that his business will be suffering due to his absence. It also argued that the accused was the one that was actually provoked.

The prosecution objected to the request as there were a number of witnesses to the incident from Qormi that the accused could contact. The accused’ criminal record was also part of the prosecution’s argument, that the man has anger issues, as it outlines that this is not the first time that the Qormi resident was involved in similar incidents.

During the hearing, it also transpired that the accused was supposed to follow a curfew as part of a conditional release attached to a different case. He was supposed to be at his residence by 6pm, whilst the argument at the sports club happened after 8pm.

The Court denied the request of the defence counsel on the grounds that the release might create a risk of witness tampering as well as the unclean police conduct.

Prosecution was led by Inspector Roderick Agius. Martin Fenech was defence lawyer.

Magistrate Charmaine Galea presided over the Court.