Man ad­mits ha­rass­ing girl­friend

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A man from Fgura has pleaded guilty to ha­rass­ing his girl­friend and caus­ing her to fear vi­o­lence would be used against her.

The 25-year-old, whose name is be­ing with­held at the or­der of the court, ad­mit­ted to the charges be­fore Mag­is­trate Donatella Frendo Dimech ear­lier to­day.

The mag­is­trate drew the leg­is­la­tor’s at­ten­tion to an in­con­sis­tency in the law. When the Is­tan­bul Con­ven­tion (The Coun­cil of Europe Con­ven­tion on pre­vent­ing and com­bat­ing vi­o­lence against women and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence) was in­tro­duced into Mal­tese law, the sec­tions of the law deal­ing with ha­rass­ment were amended, but not those of caus­ing oth­ers to fear vi­o­lence.

Ha­rass­ment was pun­ished more harshly than caus­ing oth­ers to fear vi­o­lence, pointed out the court. The former car­ried up to two years im­pris­on­ment and a €10,000 fine, the lat­ter up to 6 months and a fine of €11, 600.

The time had come for the pun­ish­ment for the two crimes to be brought into line, said the mag­is­trate.

The man was re­leased on bail un­til a pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port could be drawn up, against a de­posit of €3,000 and a per­sonal guar­an­tee of €7,000, as well as be­ing placed un­der a cur­few.

In­spec­tor Melvyn Camil­leri pros­e­cuted. Lawyers Al­fred Abela and Keith Borg were de­fence coun­sel.

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