Man pleads guilty to anti-police incitement

A man admitted to inciting crime on Facebook, almost two weeks after he was arraigned. The 31-year-old from Żabbar was arrested following a comment left below an article which reported of the number of speeding tickets being dished out by the police in an hour when using hand-held cameras.

In his post the man had said that “people were right to run over Police officers and run off” a clear reference to the hit and run case involving PC Simon Schembri.

The man was accused of publicly inciting persons to commit a crime and to break the law, of having used social media to threaten to commit a crime, and of having used threatening words or behaviour with the intention of inciting violence against a group of people.

Initially the man had pleaded not guilty to inciting crime, disobeying the law and misuse of social media. He was also accused of breaching the conditions of his conditional release and that he had relapsed. However the man pleaded guilty on Monday and asked for bail. The man was granted bail against a deposit of €2,000 and a personal guarantee of €10,000. He was ordered to sign the bail book daily and has to stay home between 11pm and 7am.