A 32 year old accused of physically attacking Partit Demokratiklu candidate Charles Polidano has been ordered by Court to keep his distance from the victim. Jack Azzopardi, accused of threatening and injuring Polidano, as well as damaging his car and disrupting the public peace, has been ordered to stay away and have no contact with Polidano for the next two years.
In Court, Polidano expressed his disappointment that the Court did not ask him to be present during the hearing or allow him the opportunity to call his witnesses.
The Court heard how Polidano had contacted Azzopardi’s mother, asking her to sign a recommendation for his candidature. Mrs Azzopardi, who cannot read or write, signed the recommendation and subsequently, Polidano received many phone threats, which eventually led to the assault.
Azzopardi’s defence argued that Polidano took advantage of the accused’s mother. Azzopardi also stated that when Polidano talked to Mrs Azzopardi, she was told he was representing Partit Laburista, and not Partit Demokratiku. Polidano insisted that the accused’s mother was fully aware what she was signing.