Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Waylon Johnston
One of the girls sustained a facial injury allegedly caused in the fight
Mocking two lesbians, a 17-year-old boy headbutted one of them and said he had no qualms hitting a girl, a court heard yesterday.
Details of the incident that occurred last January in Ħamrun began emerging yesterday in the fifth sitting of the case that had to be put off four times for different reasons.
The evidence heard so far suggests that the incident started with name-calling and then turned nasty when the teenager headbutted the girl, 15.
The girl and her 16-year-old friend allege that they were attacked by two brothers, aged 15 and 17, who called them names.
The boys were arraigned along with a 35-year-old woman who allegedly got involved in the fight despite not being connected to the boys.
The girls too were arraigned and accused of slightly injuring the boys.
Two friends of the lesbian couple, a 16 and 14-year-old, both of Ħamrun, said they were inside a gazebo in a public garden dancing in front of the girls to music being played on a mobile phone.
They were larking about when, all of a sudden, the two brothers and an older woman who were on a balcony overlooking the area started making fun of them, one of the boys calling them lesbians.
The older of the two girls involved in the incident shouted "pufta", the two boys rushed downstairs and an argument ensued. The younger one waved his hand in front of one of the girls while his brother pushed the other.
The elder boy said he had no problem hitting girls and then headbutted one of them. The two girls and the 17-year-old then started fighting and fell down a number of steps on top of one another.
The case continues.
Lawyers Michael and Lucio Sciriha appeared for the boys and the 35-year-old woman. Lawyer Cedric Mifsud appeared for the two girls.
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