PL Qormi club stab­bing: Man ac­cused of at­tempted mur­der, de­nied bail

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

Al­fred Galea was yes­ter­day ar­raigned in court and charged with at­tempt­ing to mur­der an­other man at the Labour Party club in Qormi.,

The ac­cused pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him, but was de­nied bail by Mag­is­trate An­thony Vella.

Mr Galea, 46, is charged with at­tempted mur­der, in­jur­ing the vic­tim, car­ry­ing a sharp ob­ject with­out per­mis­sion, breach­ing pub­lic peace and threat­en­ing the vic­tim.

The in­ci­dent took place on Sun­day 6 Novem­ber at roughly 3.45pm at the PL club in Triq San Bast­jan, Qormi, when an ar­gu­ment en­sued be­tween two in­di­vid­u­als. Sources say that the ac­cused in­ter­fered to sep­a­rate the two men in­volved. Af­ter this es­ca­lated, the ac­cused is said to have taken out a penknife and as­saulted the vic­tim.

Prose­cut­ing In­spec­tor Rod­er­ick Agius ob­jected to the de­fence lawyer’s re­quest for bail, on the ba­sis that some wit­nesses have yet to tes­tify and that the ac­cused has a crim­i­nal record. The man had been ar­raigned over two pre­vi­ous of­fences, one re­sult­ing in a con­vic­tion and the other in ac­quit­tal. In ad­di­tion to this, In­spec­tor Agius said that the vic­tim is still in hospi­tal re­cov­er­ing from the in­jury.

De­fence lawyer Gianella de Marco ar­gued that since the in­ci­dent has been caught on CCTV footage, there is no risk of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. She also said that the ac­cused is em­ployed as a baker, and that should the courts grant him bail he would be able to ad­here to any con­di­tions im­posed as well as con­tinue to work.

The in­jured man was taken to hospi­tal on Sun­day and is still re­cov­er­ing there.

A mag­is­te­rial in­quiry led by Mag­is­trate An­to­nio Mi­callef Trig­ona has been launched.

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