Ukrainian pole dancer ‘scared’ of be­ing sep­a­rated from her son while be­ing dragged off bus

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

A Ukrainian pole dancer ac­cused of as­sault­ing a po­lice­woman while be­ing dragged off a bus said in court yes­ter­day that her ac­tions were due to her fear that she would be sep­a­rated from her son.

Polina Gut­shabes boarded a bus to St Paul’s Bay with her son from Sliema on 9 Au­gust, 2015, a court heard yes­ter­day.

The driver asked the woman to close her pushchair in or­der to cre­ate more space, but the woman re­fused, say­ing her son was asleep in­side. The driver al­legedly told her to get off and did not want to pay her back her fare.

The woman al­legedly in­sulted the driver, who then walked off the bus to a nearby po­lice sta­tion. Two of­fi­cers went to the bus and asked the woman to step down, but she re­fused. The Court heard that she was then force­fully re­moved.

She stands charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest and as­sault­ing the po­lice, dis­obey­ing or­ders, threat­en­ing them and dis­turb­ing the peace.

In­spec­tor El­ton Taliana, dur­ing cross ex­am­i­na­tion, asked whether she kicked one of the po­lice of­fi­cers in the chest, to which she said that she did not know, and was try­ing to save her son. She later said that it was pos­si­ble. She also did not re­mem­ber whether she told one of­fi­cer that she would kill her. She did, how­ever, ad­mit she called the po­lice of­fi­cer a bitch.

The case con­tin­ues.

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