Man gets sus­pended sen­tence for threat­en­ing per­son with firearm

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A 33-year-old man from Sliema was yes­ter­day given a two-year sen­tence sus­pended for four years af­ter threat­en­ing a per­son with a firearm.

The court, presided by Mag­is­trate An­to­nio Mi­callef Trig­ona, heard how on 6 Fe­bru­ary, at around 9pm, Christo­pher Schem­bri ap­proached and threat­ened David Vella. The in­ci­dent took place in Ik­lin fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment be­tween the two men.

It ap­pears Mr Vella and the ac­cused were sup­posed to meet at An­ton Manuel Caru­ana Street where they were in­tended to dis­cuss the trans­porta­tion of money owed to Mr Vella. Mag­is­trate Mi­callef Trig­ona heard how AC Fu­els had re­ceived a cheque from the ac­cused for trans­porta­tion of fuel, which how­ever was never or­dered.

Pros­e­cut­ing officers Car­los Cor­dina and Ni­cholas Vella ex­plained that the man was in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and did not have the nec­es­sary li­cence. He also said that ac­cord­ing to po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Mr Vella fired first and Mr Schem­bri re­tal­i­ated by fir­ing shots in the air.

The ac­cused was also charged with fir­ing shots in the air, and of us­ing a firearm within a 50-me­tre range from an in­hab­ited area. Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion, the weapon which Schem­bri used was loaded.

He was also ac­cused of dis­turb­ing public peace and of as­sault­ing Mr Vella.

The pros­e­cu­tion asked the court for a pro­tec­tion or­der so that the ac­cused does not ap­proach nei­ther the vic­tim nor his fam­ily or res­i­dence. It was also re­quested that the weapon used by the ac­cused is con­fis­cated.

The man was also ac­cused of re­laps­ing. Mr Schem­bri, a fuel dis­trib­u­tor, had de­nied the charges brought against him which also in­cluded swear­ing in public and caus­ing fear the vic­tim.

Mag­is­trate Trig­ona sen­tenced him to a two-year sus­pended sen­tence. He was also or­dered to pay a €50 fine.

Lawyer Dr David Gatt de­fended the ac­cused.

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