Ethiopian and So­mali found guilty of car theft and neg­li­gent driv­ing

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A 20-year-old Ethiopian re­sid­ing in Xagħra, and a So­mali of the same age, re­sid­ing in Nadur, have been sen­tenced to two years’ im­pris­on­ment each af­ter they stole a ve­hi­cle and drove it neg­li­gently.

The ve­hi­cle was of the Isuzu type. The case took place on 6 Novem­ber in Munxar, Gozo.

Mo­hamud Ahmed Dahir (Ethiopian) and Ad­i­nasir Farah Ali (So­mali) ad­mit­ted in open court to steal­ing the car but not of reck­less driv­ing. Af­ter hear­ing all nec­es­sary wit­nesses, Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud, pre­sid­ing over the case, found the ac­cused guilty of driv­ing neg­li­gently as well as car theft. He noted that both men had co­op­er­ated fully with the po­lice.

In ad­di­tion to two years’ im­pris­on­ment, Mag­is­trate Mif­sud also or­dered them to pay a fine of €100 each, and banned them from driv­ing for a pe­riod of eight days. In­spec­tor Bernard Charles Spiteri pros­e­cuted.

A mo­tor­cy­clist is in hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter the bike he was rid­ing was in­volved in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent with a car in Qormi.

The ac­ci­dent happened in Luqa Road at 6pm on Wed­nes­day.

The 22-year-old biker from Mġarr was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. The driver of the Skoda, a 24-year-old from Qrendi, was un­hurt.

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