English­man ad­mits to caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm to Libyan

Malta Independent - - NEWS - ■ Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

A 37-year-old man from the UK, liv­ing in Qormi, ad­mit­ted to caus­ing a Libyan na­tional griev­ous bod­ily harm af­ter he punched him sev­eral times.

Peter Burford was brought be­fore the Courts to­day and pleaded guilty to the afore­men­tioned charge and to dis­turb­ing the peace.

Tes­ti­fy­ing, po­lice inspector Niko­lai Sant said that the po­lice were in­formed that there was a Libyan na­tional with blood on his face, ly­ing down on the floor on St Ge­orge’s road, St Ju­lian’s. Po­lice went on site and from in­ves­ti­ga­tions it re­sulted that a ve­hi­cle was seen near Hugo’s bou­tique ho­tel, from which the sus­pect had emerged and punched a Libyan na­tional a num­ber of times.

Po­lice con­tacted the ve­hi­cle rental com­pany, got to know the name of the ac­cused, called him, and the ac­cused went down to the sta­tion and ad­mit­ted to the of­fence.

In the past, the Court heard, the Libyan na­tional was seen drunk sev­eral times and the ac­cused wouldn’t al­low him into a night club where he worked. The Libyan na­tional would threaten and in­sult him, the court heard.

Mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera found the ac­cused guilty, and sen­tenced him to 18 months im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for two years.

Si­mon Mi­callef Stafrace ap­peared for the ac­cused as le­gal aid.

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