Hunter loses op­por­tu­nity to get com­pen­sa­tion from an­other hunter

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A hunter who was hit in the eye with a piece of lead from the gun­shot of a fel­low hunter lost his chance to be awarded com­pen­sa­tion be­cause his case was time-barred.

Carmelo Vella, 55, filed the court case too late, miss­ing his chance to be awarded com­pen­sa­tion from the ac­ci­dent that took place in 2004.

Mr Vella filed a case against Stan­ley Car­dona in the First Hall of the Civil Court in con­nec­tion with the April 2004 ac­ci­dent which took place in the lim­its of Qormi.

He said that on 9 April of the year in ques­tion, at around 8am while hunt­ing, he was hit by a piece of lead af­ter Mr Car­dona fired his gun. The pair were both hunt­ing that morn­ing.

He said that he was hit in his left eye, his head and his chest. Doc­tors de­cided not to re­move the lead for fear of it caus­ing more dam­age than good.

The pos­si­bil­ity of the lead in­fect­ing his skin, blood and nerves is a genuine fear of Mr Vella, the courts heard. He also said that due to the in­juries suf­fered, he could no longer work and is there­fore re­quest­ing his “just com­pen­sa­tion.”

On the other hand, Mr Car­dona ar­gued that the case was time­barred and could not be dealt with af­ter so much time has passed.

Judge Sil­vio Meli, pre­sid­ing over the case, re­marked that while Mr Vella claimed that the in­ci­dent took place on 9 April, 2014, the of­fi­cial let­ters pre­sented in the case say it hap­pened on 19 April, 2004.

Judge Meli noted that while Mr Car­dona ad­mit­ted to the ac­cu­sa­tions brought against him, ad­mit­ting that he re­ceived an in­fe­rior penalty than what should have been given, he noted how Mr Vella filed the case on 7 March, 2014, nine years and 10 months af­ter the in­ci­dent took place.

For this rea­son, he de­clared that Mr Vella filed the case too late and de­clared it to be time-barred.

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