Youths in custody after injuring another

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Four youths pleaded not guilty to grievously injuring and illegally arresting a man, after they were arraigned in court on Sunday.

The four aged between 19 and 20, were also accused of stealing a bag and a mobile phone, which theft was aggravated by violence and value. A 20-year-old was also charged separately with trafficking drugs and of being of relapser.

The incident happened on Friday afternoon in Ħal Għaxaq. The youths stole a bag and a mobile phone from another youth. The victim was grievously injured.

Prosecuting Inspector Roderick Attard objected against a bail request filed by the defence counsel on grounds of the gravity of the offences and the fear of tampering with evidence including eyewitnesses who still had to testify.

The defence argued that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Lawyer Franco Debono appearing for one of the accused argued that the victim could have been summoned during arraignment to testify. He added that the court could impose conditions it deemed fit. Lawyer Kris Busietta who is appearing for one of the youths said that this was not a serious crime while lawyer Albert Zerafa said that other people accused of similar incidents were not prosecuted under arrest.

Magistrate Marseann Farrugia who presided over the court, turned down the bail request and remanded the four youths in custody.