A French tourist who allegedly punched and slashed a Maltese man with a broken bottle has pleaded not guilty to the accusations of causing bodily harm and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
The Frenchman, Yannis Meherzi from Lyon, told police that he was walking on the St. Rita staircase in Paceville yesterday when the Maltese man bumped into him. Meherzi, who admitted to being drunk at the time, allegedly punched the Maltese man, before grabbing a bottle, smashing it, and slashing him with it.
Meherzi, who is a student on a two-week holiday in Malta, requested bail which was denied. His legal aid, Victor Bugeja, argued that bail shouldn’t be denied in this case, but the court upheld the refusal, noting he had no ties to Malta and considering the grievous nature of his actions.
Lawyer Arthur Azzopardi appeared parte civile for the Maltese man.
This violent case comes just one day after two Paceville bouncers, one of whom was unlicensed to be a bouncer, were given suspended sentences after brutally beating up a Maltese youth two years ago.