Man given one-year jail term af­ter caus­ing may­hem in Msida po­lice sta­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A 35-year-old man from Birkirkara was sent to a year in prison he was found guilty of threat­en­ing of­fi­cers at the Msida po­lice sta­tion.

The court heard how on 13 Septem­ber, Joseph Com­pagno went to the po­lice sta­tion un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and started to threaten the po­lice of­fi­cers on duty. Com­pagno stood charged with breach­ing public peace, threat­en­ing the po­lice of­fi­cers and dis­obey­ing their or­ders, be­ing drunk in public and swear­ing in public. It ap­pears the po­lice had to use a taser gun to stop the ac­cused.

In­spec­tor Mark An­thony Mer­cieca who is lead­ing the pros­e­cu­tion also ex­plained that the man breached bail con­di­tions im­posed on him by two pre­vi­ous courts presided by Mag­is­trate Au­drey Demi­coli and Mag­is­trate An­thony Mi­callef Trig­ona in court pro­ceed­ings which date back to 2016.

The man ad­mit­ted with the court that he has a se­vere al­co­hol ad­dic­tion prob­lem and that he has tried to seek help in the past. The mag­is­trate heard how Com­pagno did in fact at­tempt to com­plete a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme at least three times but was un­suc­cess­ful.

The ac­cused pleaded guilty to all the charges. The court, not­ing the cir­cum­stances of the case, the man’s ad­dic­tion but also tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the breach­ing of bail con­di­tions, sen­tenced the man to a year in prison. He also lost his €5,000 guar­an­tee which were tied with bail. The mag­is­trate or­dered the prison au­thor­i­ties to send the man to an al­co­hol ad­dic­tion pro­gramme as soon as pos­si­ble.

Le­gal aid lawyer Noel Cu­ta­jar de­fended the ac­cused.

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