Syr­ian charged with break­ing pro­tec­tion or­der against daugh­ter

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A 55-year-old Syr­ian man was granted bail after he was ar­raigned in court for breach­ing con­di­tions of dis­charge, breach­ing the con­di­tions of a pro­tec­tion or­der and as­sist­ing his daugh­ter and her friend to ab­sent them­selves from a res­i­den­tial home.

The ac­cused, who can­not be named to keep the iden­tity of his daugh­ter, who is a mi­nor, from be­ing iden­ti­fied, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Lawyers Ge­orge Hy­zler and Stephen Tonna Low­ell, rep­re­sent­ing the ac­cused, ex­plained that it is an ex­tremely com­mon oc­cur­rence for young­sters to es­cape from res­i­den­tial homes they have been placed in. The court heard how the daugh­ter al­legedly of­ten es­caped to hang out with du­bi­ous men of “a cer­tain age”. When this was re­ported, Dr Hy­zler said, a sub­se­quent re­port was filed against the fa­ther.

“I think Ap­pogg (the state so­cial sup­port agency) failed to ac­knowl­edge that the fa­ther gen­uinely wants what’s best for his daugh­ter,” he said.

This man saw the state place his daugh­ter in a res­i­den­tial home be­cause he was un­able to care for her, and then saw that the home was not car­ing for her any­way, Dr Hy­zler added.

The court heard how spo­rad­i­cally the daugh­ter would go to her fa­ther’s house, where he would give her clothes or a very small sum of money to help her out. It was also pointed out that the ac­cused was al­ways co­op­er­a­tive with the po­lice, al­beit a lit­tle in­sis­tent.

Prose­cut­ing in­spec­tor El­liot Ma­gri how­ever said that it was like the ac­cused did not want to ac­knowl­edge that there was a pro­tec­tion or­der is­sued against him go­ing to see his daugh­ter. This was is­sued by Mag­is­trate Marse-Ann Far­ru­gia on 8 Au­gust 2015.

In­spec­tor Ma­gri said that it was not un­likely for the ac­cused, after be­ing at a po­lice sta­tion and per­son­ally told by the in­spec­tor him­self that he can­not go to see his daugh­ter, would go di­rectly to the home where his daugh­ter re­sides.

The daugh­ter and her friend are 16 years of age and are still mi­nors, there­fore Mr Ma­gri said that the friend of the daugh­ter would also be at the res­i­dence of the fa­ther. In this in­stance, there is no fam­ily re­la­tion, he said.

The court heard how the fa­ther and daugh­ter had a tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ship, how­ever in the last few months this re­la­tion­ship made a turn for the bet­ter, which is why she would go to him for clothes and money.

Mag­is­trate Char­maine Galea, pre­sid­ing over the case, granted the ac­cused bail against a per­sonal guar­an­tee of €1,000. He is not to make any con­tact with his daugh­ter, the friend or a par­tic­u­lar so­cial worker close to the case.

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