The Malta Independent 19 April 2019, Friday

Waiter claims self-defence after fight with taxi driver, court hears

Monday, 18 March 2019, 15:17 Last update: about 1 month ago

Investigations into a fight that took place in Floriana last night between a waiter and a taxi driver are understood to be ongoing after the waiter was arraigned in court this morning and claimed self-defence.

Inspector Jeffrey Scicluna arraigned Petar Mladenovic, 23, from Serbia before magistrate Ian Farrugia this morning. Mladenovic was charged with grievously injuring the taxi driver and breaching the peace.

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The Inspector told the court that a fight took place yesterday morning at around 4am near the Phoenicia hotel in Floriana. The taxi driver was grievously injured in the altercation, suffering injuries to his nose and lip.  The Serb was later arrested, telling the police that he had acted in self-defence after he was attacked by a group of taxi drivers. He said he had punched the man after being attacked, explained the inspector, but the taxi driver and his wife had claimed to have been attacked by the accused whilst in their car.

Mladenovic pleaded not guilty to the charges. Lawyer Stephanie Abela, defence counsel, requested bail. The prosecution did not object.

Abela asked the court to take into account the fact that Mladenovic was a waiter with limited financial means and long working hours.

He was released on bail against a deposit of €500 and was ordered not to approach the alleged victim or any witnesses.

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