Refugee given sus­pended sen­tence af­ter as­sault­ing se­cu­rity guards

Malta Independent - - News -

A refugee, res­i­dent at the Hal Far Open Cen­tre, has been handed a sus­pended sen­tence af­ter he ad­mit­ted to as­sault­ing se­cu­rity guards there.

Mat­tyos Solomon Hail­ge­or­gis, 23, from Eritrea, re­sid­ing at Hal Far Open Cen­tre, is un­der­stood to have al­legedly vi­o­lently re­sisted his re­moval from the cen­tre, slightly in­jur­ing two se­cu­rity per­son­nel and dam­ag­ing po­lice uni­forms. The rea­son for his re­moval is not known.

Se­nior po­lice In­spec­tor Trevor Mi­callef ar­raigned the man be­fore mag­is­trate Mon­ica Vella yes­ter­day morn­ing, ac­cus­ing him of as­sault­ing and threat­en­ing pub­lic of­fi­cers, slightly in­jur­ing two of them and dam­ag­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer’s uni­form. He was fur­ther charged with breach­ing the peace, ob­struc­tion of law­ful au­thor­ity and dis­obey­ing law­ful or­ders.

The mag­is­trate asked the prose­cu­tion and de­fence to ap­proach the bench, where they dis­cussed the case pri­vately.

Af­ter a short pe­riod, a guilty plea was en­tered on Hail­ge­or­gis’ be­half. The mag­is­trate warned him that he could be sent to prison, but the man did not change his plea.

The court, in view of this, handed him a 12 month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 2 years, warn­ing him that any other crime he may com­mit in the next two years would mean the ac­ti­va­tion of his prison sen­tence. Hail­ge­or­gis was also fined €4000, which was made payable in monthly in­stal­ments of €115.

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