The Malta Independent 25 June 2019, Tuesday

Security guard charged with using pocket knife to wound noisy neighbour

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 13:14 Last update: about 13 days ago

An off-duty security guard at the Libyan Embassy has been charged with grievous bodily harm after allegedly using a pocket knife to wound a noisy neighbour who disturbed his sleep after a shift at work.

Khalid Khalifa Mohammed Alashtar, 52, of Msida appeared in the dock before magistrate Yana Micallef Stafrace this afternoon, accused of grievous bodily harm and carrying a knife in public without a permit.

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The court heard how the accused had tried to stop a group of persons from playing loud music outside his home and an argument had ensued. At a point the accused pulled out a multitool and extended its blade, before using it to attack the group. A Swedish man was injured in the altercation, suffering a cut to his finger.

The accused, who has lived in Malta for decades, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Bail was granted against a personal guarantee of €5,000.

Inspector Colin Sheldon prosecuted. Lawyer Roberto Montalto was defence counsel.

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