Footballer sent to 15 months imprisonment for harassing his ex

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A Maltese football player has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after a court found him guilty of harassing his ex-partner.

Clifford Gatt Baldacchino pleaded guilty to misusing a mobile phone, causing his ex-partner to fear violence against her and harassing her.

The case was treated as a case of domestic violence. The court heard that the accused was obsessed with his ex-partner. He had been previously warned not to approach her by another court.

The woman had ended the relationship some months earlier.

Gatt Baldacchino was already found guilty of breaching a court protection order and violating a suspended sentence issued on August 16 and 23 for the same crime.

The court said that the accused ample time to reconsider and to understand the nature of his crime. Gatt Baldacchino had become a repeat offender.

Magistrate Ian Farrugia sentenced the man to nine months in prison and a €1,000 fine. He was also imprisoned a further six months from the previous suspended sentence. Therefore Gatt Baldacchino was sentenced to a total 15 months imprisonment in total.

The court issued another five-year court protection order for his ex-partner.

Police Inspector Robert Vella prosecuted while Jean Paul Sammut was defence counsel.