Man charged with hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tions with 15-year-old girl af­ter ex-wife re­ports him

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A 29-year-old man yes­ter­day pleaded not guilty to charges of hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tions with a 15-year-old girl.

A court heard how the man, whose name can­not be pub­lished, was re­ported by his exwife.

Po­lice In­spec­tor John Spi­teri, pros­e­cut­ing, told Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zam­mit that there had been ru­mours about the al­leged sex­ual af­fair in the vil­lage where the man lives.

The in­spec­tor said the court should not grant bail be­cause the man might ap­proach the girl. He also said that the man had boasted that he would not be taken to court be­cause he knew the girl’s fam­ily.

De­fence lawyer Kath­leen Grima said that the vic­tim had not filed a re­port and it ap­peared that the sex had been con­sen­sual. But In­spec­tor Spi­teri said that the girl’s mother had been far from happy to learn what had taken place and wanted the po­lice to press charges. Bail was de­nied.

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