Monday, 22 October 2012

Malta Today: Remanded for calling woman ‘lesbian’, threatening her

A 21-year-old man from Msida was remanded in custody after he allegedly threatened he would shoot gay woman for ‘sitting’ with his former girlfriend.
Court & Police Friday 19 October 2012 - 13:10 by Karl Stagno-Navarra

An unemployed 21-year-old man who cannot be named, due to a court ban on the name of his victims, was remanded in custody by Magistrate Giovanni Grixti this afternoon, following his arraignment in connection to threats which followed an argument with a woman, whom he called a "lesbian" when she accepted his former girlfriend and mother of his child to live with her.

The man was arrested last Wednesday soon after the woman filed a police report over harassment, and threats she received from the accused.

The accused asked to meet the woman and talk to her about his former girlfriend who had left him, and gone to live with her.

According to Police Inspector Jason Francis Sultana who prosecuted, the accused accidentally dropped a knife from his pocket when he bent down to pick-up something he dropped while talking to the victim. He also told her that he would return with a shotgun.

When arresting the man, police found an unlicensed and not loaded shotgun, and nine cartridges in his car.

But while the prosecution did not oppose bail, the court expressed itself as not being convinced of the accused's reliability.

Magistrate Giovanni Grixti denied bail.

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