Court de­nies bail in spite of agree­ment be­tween pros­e­cu­tion, de­fence

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A court yes­ter­day de­nied bail to a man charged with threat­en­ing and black­mail­ing a per­son through an elec­tronic de­vice af­ter it found that this had not been the first time the ac­cused had com­mit­ted this type of of­fence.

The of­fence was com­mit­ted on 28 Au­gust at 9.15 am, af­ter Al­bert Schem­bri, aged 26, from Birżeb­buġa, sent abu­sive mes­sages to Mar­lon Bonello.

Schem­bri, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, re­ceived no sym­pa­thy from the court, which was presided over by Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud, who noted that that as time passes more and more abuses are tak­ing place over elec­tronic de­vices and sim­i­lar means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

He then re­fused Schem­bri’s re­quest for bail in spite of an agree­ment be­ing made be­tween the pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence.

“This is not the first time it has hap­pened with this in­di­vid­ual; hope­fully, he will be able to re­flect on his de­ci­sions.”

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