The Malta Independent 8 December 2019, Sunday

Man accused of domestic violence attacks policewoman in the courtroom

Monday, 22 July 2019, 20:52 Last update: about 6 months ago

A man who was charged with domestic violence against his parents physically and verbally attacked the prosecuting policewoman in the courtroom. 

"Look what you've done to me! You've destroyed everything I had-my marriage, my money, my life. You're sending me back to prison," he screamed, as two police officers held him down. 

The man was taken down to the infamous Division 6 at Corradino Correctional Facility and the hearing, presided by Magistrate Charmaine Galea, carried on without him. 

The man, who will not be named to protect his parents, was charged with causing his parents to fear for their lives on 21 July 2019.

On that same day in Zebbug at around 11.15pm, the accused approached his parents' house, clearly intoxicated on some substance, and caused damage to his mother's car amounting to more than €2,500. 

He also damaged the family's front door of the house.

On Monday, defence counsel Michael Tanti-Dougall warned his client to sit down and calm himself as even before the prosecution turned up, he seemed agitated and even uttered profanities to indicate his unwillingness to be "imprisoned again."

Acceding to his client's wishes, the defence asked the magistrate to ask the press to leave the courtroom due to the sensitive nature of the case. 

Fifteen minutes later, however, members of the press returned to find that the accused was screaming profanities, insulting prosecuting officer Kylie Vella and squeezing her arm, telling her that she had ruined his life and that she had shattered any chances he had with his present girlfriend.

In the absence of security, court marshals had to call prison personnel from outside the courtroom who came and escorted the accused to prison. He kept screaming and calling the prosecuting officer names up until he left the building. 

Vella was emotional but showed resilience as she returned to the courtroom and addressed the accused's father who was to testify. 

Proceedings continued in the courtroom but the press was told to remain outside.  


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