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Bail Granted For Serbian Aggressor Filmed In Violent Gżira Poolside Arrest

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A Serbian man filmed in a viral and violent arrest while chilling near a pool in Gżira has been given bail after being hauled to court.

Nikola Vujkovic, 33, pleaded not guilty to grievously injuring the brother of the owner of a bar in a separate incident back in February, wilfully disturbing the peace, possessing a false passport and given the police fake details.

He was also charged over resisting his poolside June arrest, assaulting and violently resisting four officers, refusing their orders and slightly injuring them, Times of Malta reported.

Vujkovic was originally wanted following an argument back in February in a Marsaskala bar and had been on the run for four months. 

The argument involves the owners of the bar and another Maltese man, with the argument devolving into a physical fight. Vujkovic was believed to be involved in the fight after fleeing the scene.

The bar owner’s brother was hospitalised with a head wound following the February incident.

Four months later, police were informed that he was relaxing by the pool at Gżira lido, where they arrested him wearing nothing but a speedo in widely shared footage. 

 

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Court granted Vujkovic bail, and ordered a protection order for his alleged victim where Vujkovic can no longer approach him.

He was also ordered to pay a €5,000 deposit and a €10,000 personal guarantee, and was ordered to sign a bail book every day and follow a 9pm to 6am curfew.

Inspector Darryl Farr prosecuted. Lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri, Rachel Tua and Edmond Cuschieri are defence counsel. Lawyer Michael Sciriha appeared parte civile.

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Johnathan is an award-winning Maltese journalist interested in social justice, politics, minority issues, music and food. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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