Man allegedly stabbed in genitals found not guilty on charges relating to same incident
A man who was allegedly stabbed in the genitals by his partner in 2013 has been cleared of charges relating to the same incident.
Alfred Farrugia, from Marsa, had been stabbed by his partner, Carmen Meilak in May 2013.
He was charged with causing her slight injuries and attempting grievous body harm as well as disturbing public peace and being drunk in public,
Ms Meilak had told the police in her statement that she was walking home after drinking with the accused when a car passed by and a passenger asked if she was a prostitute. She told the police that the car left after she said no, and Farrugia appeared and slapped her. She pulled out a pen-knife and stabbed him in the arm before running away. Farrugia had allegedly ran after her and hit her repeatedly on the back of her head with a piece of wood.
Mr Farrugia, however, gave a different version. He said that he saw her exiting a grey car and the two began arguing. He said he began to walk towards his house and she began punching him in the face. He then slapped her. He said she produced a knife and stabbed him in his genitals. He said he tried to get up but she attacked him again with the knife, stabbing him in his shoulder. He then said he picked up a piece of wood that was on the road and hit her over the head to stop her from stabbing him again.
Magistrate Josette Demicoli said that Ms Meilak, who is currently undergoing a court case of her own for attempted murder, opted not to testify in court.
The CCTV footage of the incident was disregarded, as the prosecution failed to summon the person who downloaded them from the surveillance system.
The magistrate also said that there was no evidence which indicated the specific criminal intent required at law on the part of Farrugia to seriously injure Ms Meilak. In addition, because Ms Meilak chose not to testify, the court could not find the accused guilty of causing slight injuries. The court noted that the accused said it was in self-defence.
He was found not guilty of all charges.