Accused bit off victim's finger during a brawl
An argument over property in Tariex led to David Schembri, 35, of Zebbug to allegedly biting off a finger off Joseph Piscopo’s hand.
Taking the witness stand Mohammed Muzaba told the court that on July 18 he was carrying out plaster works in Triq l-Isqajjaq, Tarxien when he heard the two men argue. Moments later David Schembri went to talk to him and Joseph Piscopo, whose property neighboured that of Schembri, jumped over a small wall and a brawl ensued between the two. Muzaba rushed to call his boss who in turn called the Police.
Joseph Piscopo opted not to take the stand and informed the court that he was dropping the charges against David Schembri in the light that they had to spend their lives as neighbours and did not want bad blood between them. The Court took note of Piscopo’s statement but held that since this is a criminal case the court has to deliver judgement.
Lawyer Joseph Giglio is appearing for the defence whilst Inspector Spiridione Zammit is leading the prosecution.