The Malta Independent 22 November 2017, Wednesday

Man who threatened mother and sister is denied bail

Gabriel Schembri Thursday, 14 September 2017, 13:00 Last update: about 3 months ago

26-year-old Douglas Briffa this morning was charged with threatening his mother and sister.

Briffa, who lives in Cospicua, pleaded not guilty to charges related to threats and the fabrication of evidence. The court heard how the accused, who is currently out of a job, made false accusations against his sister through a report he filed at the police station in Cospicua.

Yanika Camilleri, the lawyer appearing for the accused, requested bail after a not guilty plea. However, prosecuting inspector Josric Mifsud objected and argued that the man has to be remanded in custody because the victims in question are members of his own family. The police inspector also argued that at the moment, the accused has no fixed residence as his mother threw him out of the house last week.

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The defence rebutted by saying that there was a person who was willing to accommodate him. Camilleri said that this constitutes a fixed residency and that the court should consider giving him bail with a protection order on his family members.

The court, presided by magistrate Francesco Depascuale, ruled that given the grievousness of the accusations and because the man has no fixed address and the witnesses still have to testify in court, the accused was denied bail and was remanded in custody.

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