After breaching two sets of bail conditions, an accused rapist was handed a fine instead of a four-month prison sentence, following an appeal.
Tyson Grech was released on bail after filing an appeal against a six-year prison sentence for rape, in 2019.
During his 2019 court hearing, he claimed that the sex was consensual.
Grech was found inside the Havana Club at around 2am on 5th September 2021 – overstepping his court-imposed curfew. The police had been informed of him being out, due to a social media post uploaded by Grech himself.
He was also breaching a second set of bail conditions appertaining to ongoing proceedings in which he was charged with being part of a group that kidnapped a man.
Grech was found guilty of breaching bail by a court of magistrates and was sentenced to four months in prison, they also confiscated his bail deposit and personal guarantee – a total of €1,500.
However, his lawyer Jason Grima filed an appeal, asking for a “more equitable and just punishment”, claiming that the four-month-long jail term was unfair and disproportionate to the crime.
On Monday, the Criminal Court run by Justice Neville Camilleri said that it was sufficiently proven that Grech had breached his most recent bail conditions, but not the 2019 ones.
The Court of Criminal Appeal overturned Grech’s sentence on one of the two charges, and the judge substituted the four-month sentence with an €800 fine.
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