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