Man al­legedly stabbed in gen­i­tals found not guilty on charges re­lat­ing to same in­ci­dent

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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.

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