A Kalkara farmer has been ordered to pay €1,050 to the heirs of a woman who lived opposite a pig farm following an sewage overflow which caused damage to her house.
The woman’s three children – Grezzju and Joseph Meilak and Carmen Beach, initiated a case in the Civil Court against George and Joseph Attard following the sewage overflow in April three years ago at the farm.
It emerged in Court that only George Attard operated the farm, while Joseph lived in the above floor of the farm. The incident occurred shortly after the death of the siblings’ mother when Grezzju went to gather some objects and when he entered the house, he found layers of sewage which entered from the toilet into the kitchen.
When Grezzju spoke to George about the damage in his mother’s house, the farm owner at first offered to empty the sewage water at the house with bowsers. But when Grezzju told him to pay €700 for the damages caused in the house, George decided not to pay the damages.
Evidence showed that the Water Services Corporation had informed George Attard on the lack of adequate sewage system at the farm and encouraged him to apply with the PA to build a drain to regulate his position.
In his sentence, Magistrate Francesco Depasquale ordered the farmer to pay €1,050 in damages, and not the original request of €4,263, according to an estimate by Architect Joseph Attard, as the court felt it did not reflect the actual damage for repairs at the house.