Health worker accused of harassing ex requests bail for ‘essential service’

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A health worker accused of setting fire to his ex’s garage door insisted that he should be granted bail as he could be considered an “essential worker” in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

However, his argument failed to convince Magistrate Joe Mifsud, who remanded the man in custody.

The man allegedly set fire to the garage door of his former partner’s home after she had reported him to the police for harassment.

His lawyers filed an urgent request for bail, noting that the accused worked at Mater Dei Hospital and arguing that his services were essential in light of the ongoing pandemic.

But Magistrate Mifsud highlighted that the man had a number of convictions on his record. He also stressed that domestic violence was not a private matter but a public issue, and that it could never be justified.

The ongoing pandemic appears to have led to a surge in domestic violence across the world, as people are being urged to stay home as much as possible to limit the spread of the disease. The government has recently introduced a number of measures to help domestic violence victims.

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