Man gets suspended sentence for threatening person with firearm
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.