Woman cleared of as­sault­ing fa­ther of her son’s girl­friend with a glass

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

50-year-old Jac­que­line Bugeja from Cospicua has been cleared of the charges of smash­ing the face of the fa­ther of her son’s girl­friend with a glass due to doubts as to whether the man’s in­juries were in fact in­flicted by her.

Inspector Kylie Borg said that Naz­zareno Gauci’s (the al­leged vic­tim) daugh­ter Wendy had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Fran­cis Bugeja, the ac­cused’s son.

The Court heard how the al­leged vic­tim, his wife, son and his son’s girl­friend, went over to Wendy’s apart­ment. Natasha Bugeja (the ac­cused’s daugh­ter) was also present.

For un­known rea­sons, the Gauci and Bugeja fam­i­lies clashed out­side. The Court was told that Natasha called her brother, Fran­cis, who to­gether with their brother and mother (the ac­cused) ar­rived in a stolen ve­hi­cle.

A scuf­fle fol­lowed and Naz­zareno Gauci suf­fered a lac­er­a­tion un­der one eye, re­sult­ing in per­ma­nent scar­ring.

The vic­tim said that he tried to in­ter­vene in the fight when he saw one of the Bugeja broth­ers hit his son with a ham­mer in the back of his head. He him­self was then hit in the face with a glass. He said this blow was given by a woman who ex­ited the car of his daugh­ter’s boyfriend.

The ac­cused de­nied the charges, claim­ing that the Gau­cis had rammed her car from be­hind. The ac­cused had later with­drawn his crim­i­nal com­plaint.

The Court could not es­tab­lish who caused Naz­zareno Gauci’s in­juries, given that at the time of the in­ci­dent, he claimed that Fran­cis had caused his in­juries, later stat­ing that it was the woman who ex­ited the car, and, yet again, later with­drew his crim­i­nal com­plaint.

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