Po­lice of­fi­cer bit­ten by reck­less driver, court hears

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A man yes­ter­day was fined €1,000 and given a sus­pended sen­tence af­ter he bit a po­lice of­fi­cer who stopped him for dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Car­los Gauci is un­der­stood to have had an ar­gu­ment with his girl­friend and was chas­ing a bus in which she was rid­ing, when the of­fi­cer pulled him over.

The 31-year-old San Ġwann res­i­dent was ac­cused of breach­ing the peace on Wed­nes­day at 5am, us­ing foul lan­guage and blas­phem­ing loudly out­side a res­i­dence in Triq ix-Xatt, Cospicua.

The court heard that when the po­lice ar­rived, the ac­cused threat­ened the five of­fi­cers and dis­obeyed their or­ders. One con­sta­ble was slightly in­jured when the ac­cused bit him. Gauci was also charged with as­sault­ing the of­fi­cers and slightly in­jur­ing one. Charges were also filed against the ac­cused for dan­ger­ous driv­ing, speed­ing and fail­ure to obey traf­fic reg­u­la­tions.

Gauci pleaded guilty to the charges.

Mag­is­trate Aaron Bugeja took into ac­count the ac­cused’s clean crim­i­nal record, early ad­mis­sion and his readi­ness to make repa­ra­tions for the dam­age caused to the of­fi­cer’s uni­form.

The court sen­tenced Gauci to nine months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for a year. He was also fined €1,000.

At the pros­e­cu­tion’s re­quest, the court also or­dered the sus­pen­sion of the man’s driv­ing li­cence for one month and or­dered him not to ap­proach the of­fi­cers in­volved or his girl­friend’s fam­ily mem­bers for a year against a penalty of €1,000.

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