The 30-year-old man from Qormi who stabbed another man in Birkirkara, leaving him in a pool of blood, was released on bail today.
Cranston Portelli was taken to court for the Birkirkara stabbing and accused of unlawfully carrying a knife on him, insulting and threatening the victim, and breaching the peace.
He was released from custody today, thanks to the victim’s Facebook post following the incident.
Around 7.30pm last Sunday an argument broke out between the two strangers, as a sizeable crowd remained following local festa activities.
The 27-year-old victim from Msida is currently in hospital for treatment, and a police spokesperson said he has suffered grievous injuries.
The defence asked for release from custody, but the prosecution initially objected to this request due to the seriousness of the case.
However, despite the victim’s serious injuries, he still managed to get up and upload photos to Facebook, which led to an argument between the defence, the prosecution and the Magistrate.
Magistrate Donatello Frendo Dimech granted release from custody upon the defence’s request.
Portelli was released on bail with a €7,000 deposit and a €3,000 personal guarantee. He also has to sign the bail book at Qormi Police Station every day and stay home during the night, as well as stay away from Birkirkara, Gzira and the victim’s hometown Msida.
The court also issued a Protection Order in favour of the alleged victim.
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