Man charged with injuring Malian garbage collector with a shovel
Alan Harmsworth, of Marsa, was today granted bail after pleading not guilty to grievously injuring a Malian man who works as a garbage collector in Marsa.
Inspector Geoffrey Azzopardi explained how on Tuesday morning the accused was involved in a heated discussion with Bakare Tesigue over the proximity of a wheely bin to the vehicle of the accused.
The argument, which took place at Race Course Street, Marsa escalated and during the brawl, 36-year-old Harmsworth hit the Malian with a shovel.
Both men suffered injuries in the fight with doctors at the Qormi Health Centre certifying Tesigue’s injuries as grievous. Harmsworth also received medical treatment for the injuries he sustained.
Defence lawyer Joe Giglio argued the accused cannot be kept away from the site of the incident as he keeps horses in the area. This entails the daily feeing and training of the animals. Witnesses of the incident also reside in the same street, however these have already released statements to the police, the lawyer said.
The police, who were not aware that Harmsworth kept horses at Race Course Street, did not object to bail but emphasised that the accused is not to set foot in a particular fodder shop in Marsa, where the witnesses of this case are known to hang around.
Magistrate Gabriella Vella heard how the victim, BakareTesigue, is expected to be charged over the brawl after he assaulted Harmsworth.
Harmsworth was granted bail against a deposit of €500 and a personal guarantee of €5000.