A Maltese man was spared an effective jail term for a drug offense he committed 16 years ago in a recent court ruling.
Mario Fenech, now aged 41, who battled drug addiction at the time, has since made significant progress in his rehabilitation journey.
Back in 2007, Fenech attracted police attention while driving a silver Mercedes with tinted windows in Qormi. After a reckless attempt to evade the police, he discarded a bag containing 4.9 grams of heroin during the chase.
The court considered various factors, including Fenech’s criminal record, the passage of time, and the positive results of his drug tests. A psychologist’s report also highlighted Fenech’s substantial progress in overcoming addiction and pursuing rehabilitation.
Fenech’s case was referred to the Drug Offenders Rehabilitation Board, which recognised his commitment to the care plan and deemed his case “successfully closed.”
While his conviction was confirmed, the original eight-month jail term was converted to a one-year term suspended for two years upon appeal, acknowledging his progress and dedication to turning his life around.
The court upheld the €1,000 fine, within legal parameters, and ordered the return of seized money and a mobile phone. The confiscated drugs were to be destroyed.
Fenech was represented by defense counsel, including lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri, and Francesca Zarb.
This case serves as a reminder of the importance of rehabilitation and second chances in guiding individuals away from addiction and toward a brighter future.
Do you think it’s fair to get second chances upon showing commitment to rehabilitation?