A man who was taken to court for violently resisting and slightly injuring a police officer after he was stopped for running a red traffic light has been granted bail by a court.
The 38-year-old Syrian national (who is also a Maltese citizen) pleaded not guilty to the charges which were laid out as attacking or violently resisting a public servant in the line of duty, insulting and threatening a police officer and slightly injuring him.
The officer on duty stopped the man after he ran a red light at Blata l-Bajda resulting in an argument between the two individuals. The man allegedly struck the policeman before driving off, he was later arrested in Marsa where shortly after he was rushed to hospital as he was suffering from very high blood pressure.
It was noted during the court proceedings that, surrounding his arrest, the man was in a panicked state because his wife was unwell and that he had fully cooperated with police after being brought into custody.
His lawyer, Mario Mifsud, requested bail noting that it was an ‘unfortunate incident’ and that the man’s family needed him.
The man was subsequently released on bail by a court which also ordered him to sign a bail book weekly and observe a curfew.