Man, 73, charged with painting red arrows on rocks and rubble wall in nature park

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 73-year-old man pleaded not guilty after he was charged with spray painting red arrows on rocks and rubble walls at the Majjistral Nature Park.

The French man who is residing a hotel in Mellieħa was accused of causing willful damage to government property, the cost of which exceeds €2,500. The director of the travel agency was also accused of breaching a number of environmental protection laws.

The police and the environmental watchdog, ERA, had received reports of red arrows painted around the property at the park. The arrows were linked to a sports event organised by the French travel agency dubbed “Malta & Gozo Island Ultra Trail”, where participants were going to do a trail run around the country.

Event organiser instructed to remove all its signs by Friday night
French event organiser responsible for spray-painted arrows at Majjistral Park

The event was scheduled between the 22 to the 29 August 2020.

The police found a number of spray cans in the car used by the accused.

The man was taken to the park and ordered to remove the markings, however, it later transpired that after removing some of the arrows, the man had started to cover them in soil or rocks. Had the man removed the arrows, the police would have not pressed charges.

Lawyer Joe Brincat who appeared on behalf of the accused made a request for bail.

Prosecuting police inspector Elliott Magro did not object to the request but insisted that the accused had to leave his contact details against a guarantee.

The court presided over by Magistrate Victor Axiak, granted the man bail against a deposit of €10,000 and a personal guarantee of €10,000.