Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
A 41-year-old Qormi man was jailed for four years after admitting to carrying out an armed robbery in his hometown last September, as well as to his involvement in a violent bar fight that same week.
The robbery, which took place in a lotto booth in St Edward Street, took place at around 2pm on 16 September. Darren Brincat concealed his identity by wearing two surgical masks – one on his face and another on his head – and held the cashier, a 31-year-old woman from Kirkop, at knifepoint. He ended up making off with some €200.
Two days later, however, Brincat found himself in further trouble in a bar in Pjazza Narbona, also in Qormi. He ended up smashing a glass in the face of another man, who was subsequently certified to have sustained grievous injury in the assault.
His arrest took place within hours of this incident, and Brincat faced one charge over the bar fight – that of causing serious injuries to the man. He also faced four charges over the armed robbery –theft aggravated by the use of violence and by the use of a weapon, holding the cashier against her will, slightly injuring her and the unlawful use of a bladed weapon. He also faced a sixth charge: that of relapsing.
While Brincat pleaded not guilty on his arraignment, he ended up changing his plea, with the defence and the prosecution reaching an agreement on the recommended punishment. He also expressed his regret at what had happened and expressed an apology.
In his sentence, Magistrate Joe Mifsud took into consideration Brincat’s early guilty plea, but also an extensive criminal record before jailing him for 4 years and fining him €116.47. Brincat was also ordered to pay €1,256 in Court expenses.
Mifsud also recommended that the Corradino Correctional Facility provide Brincat with all the help and treatment he needs to rehabilitate himself.
Inspectors Lydon Zammit, Stephen Gulia and Kevin Pulis prosecuted.