34-year-old Joe Zahra of St Julians pleaded not guilty to charges of injuring another person during an argument in a private residence in Triq Tumas Galea, Birkirkara. The case occurred two days ago.
Zahra was charged by Inspector Christina Delia that without intent to kill, he had caused grievous injuries with a knife on 20-year-old Timothy Mangion. It was explained in Court that the victim is still recovering in hospital.
The argument ensued in the house where the youth lives, in Triq Tumas Galea, Birkirkara on the stroke of noon. Rapid Intervention Unit officers had to break down the door to gain entry, and tasered the aggressor, who still managed to get away and jumped into the yard of another residence. The Police had to fire two warning shots in the air after seeing accused trying to get away.
The alleged aggressor is known to the Police, and in 2012 had been charged with the murder of hairdresser Nario Galea, when he and another person had pushed him in front a taxi being driven along the road, and the victim ended up run over. The Police had not taken any action against the taxi driver.
Lawyer Martin Fenech, for the accused, requested bail, but the Court ordered accused to be detained under preventive arrest.
Isibu persuna mimlija demm – il-pulizija b’tiri ta’ twissija wara li l-aggressur prova jaħrab