Man who blinded for­mer part­ner with a glass, or­dered to pay her €270,000

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Neil Camil­leri

A man who had smashed a drink­ing glass against his ex-girl­friend’s face, blind­ing her in one eye, was yes­ter­day or­dered to pay her €268,768 in com­pen­sa­tion.

Eric Sciber­ras Balbi, 26, from Pi­eta`, was in a re­la­tion­ship with Veron­ica Mus­cat when the in­ci­dent took place in 2012. The two had been in a re­la­tion­ship for 15 months and planned to marry.

Mr Balbi was un­em­ployed at the time. Ms Mus­cat told a court that her ex wanted to have a well­pay­ing job or noth­ing at all. This led to ten­sion between them.

On the day of the in­ci­dent Ms Mus­cat went to Mr Balbi’s mother’s home and waited for him to re­turn from a job in­ter­view. When he came back he told her he did not want the job be­cause the pay was not good. The two ar­gued, with Ms Mus­cat urg­ing him to take the job un­til he found some­thing bet­ter. Ms Mus­cat said that at this point her ex be­came in­fu­ri­ated and grabbed her soft drink glass, smash­ing it across her face.

The glass broke, caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury to Ms Mus­cat’s face and blind­ing her in her left eye. The court heard how the woman suf­fered a 40% dis­abil­ity as her retina had be­come de­tached from her eye.

Mr Balbi pan­icked and his mother fainted when she re­alised what had hap­pened. The woman later ac­com­pa­nied Mr Mus­cat in the am­bu­lance, where she al­legedly told the vic­tim that her son had been abu­sive to­wards other women, in­clud­ing his own mother.

Ms Mus­cat and Mr Balbi broke off all con­tact after the in­ci­dent. The man was sen­tenced to nine months in prison in a crim­i­nal case but has ap­pealed.

Ms Mus­cat then filed a civil case call­ing on the court to find Mr Balbi to be re­spon­si­ble for blind­ing her and to pay her com­pen­sa­tion.

Mr Balbi in­sisted he was not re­spon­si­ble and said that the 40% dis­abil­ity claim was in­cor­rect.

The court, presided over by Mr Jus­tice Sil­vio Meli, found Mr Balbi to be solely re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent and or­dered him to pay Ms Mus­cat the sum of €268,768.

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