The Malta Independent 14 October 2019, Monday

Man charged with threatening former partner changes plea twice

Gabriel Schembri Friday, 12 February 2016, 15:10 Last update: about 5 years ago

A 24-year-old man from Hamrun today was charged in court with threatening his ex-partner.

Daniel Callus is charged with causing his ex-partner fear of violence and of threatening to use violence against her children.  

Callus and his ex-girlfriend had been dating on and off for some four years. The accused, allegedly, would call at the residence of the woman and, in one occasion, he even broke down the door.

At first, lawyer Martin Fenech told Magistrate Doreen Clarke that his client is pleading not guilty and requested bail on the condition that the accused is sent to Mount Carmel forensic unit as he needed treatment.

However, the accused told the court that he did not want to reside at the forensic unit as there were people whom he feared.

The Magistrate said that every prisoner who is detained in custody at Mount Carmel must stay at the Forensics Unit.

It was at this moment that the accused changed his mind and decided to plead guilty. However, Doreen Clarke told the accused that he could not choose to plead guilty or not to check what the court would decide. The defence later confirmed the plea of not guilty and requested bail.

The prosecution, led by Inspector Jonathan Ransley explained that the man was a repeated offender and therefore should not be granted bail.

Callus was denied bail and was remanded in custody.


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