Three men ordered to stay away from St Helen’s feast after family fight

Three men have been ordered to refrain from attending St Helen’s feast at Birkirkara after pleading not guilty in court to injuring a man during a fight between two families.

Brothers Michael and Daniel Pace, aged 31 and 23 years respectively, and 23-year old Adrian Tonna, from Birkirkara were accused with seriously injuring Lineker David Micallef during a fight last Tuesday at 11.30 p.m.

Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit heard that the case was one of a long standing feud between the two families, while Michael Pace has a child from Micallef’s sister.

It was alleged in court that a week ago Micallef had threatened Michael Pace.

On the day of the incident, the three accused saw Micallef roaming in the streets when they knew he was on bail and was supposed to be at home during certain hours.  They called the police, but an hour after they phoned, the police had not taken any action.

The men waited outside Micallef’s residence to watch him entering the house, but eventually attacked him as he arrived.

Magistrate Stafrace Zammit released them from custody with a personal guarantee of €10,000 and ordered them to stay away from Birkirkara feast activities to avoid more trouble.

The prosecution was led by Inspector Luke Bonello, while lawyers Franco Debono and Amadeus Cachia were defence counsels.