Gozitan Magistrate Joe Mifsud played a Mike Spiteri tune before he read out a judgement in which he quoted part of the lyrics, the Times of Malta reported. Now, you turn on the tunes when chilling with friends, during long drives, and when preparing for your X Factor audition in the shower. Before a court ruling doesn’t seem to fit the list.
The case in question involved an alleged fight between two groups in Marsalforn. And that’s when the Magistrate played Fejn tħobb il-qalb (Wherever the heart loves). The scene intensified, and when it reached the chorus, he started reading his sentence.
Not everyone in the Court was feeling it, though.
Some were confused and thought the Magistrate had hit a wrong button on his tablet. But when giving his judgement, he started quoting lyrics of the song, and that’s when it all started to become clear.
The fight was sparked by a love affair that went wrong.
In his judgement, Mifsud pointed out that the trouble brewed when the groups refused to accept that a relationship had really ended.
The magistrate mentioned that this can have “serious consequences that bring a lot of pain, as stated by the singer Mike Spiteri fejn tħobb il-qalb jimxu r-riġlejn” (where the heart loves, there the legs walk).
Court observers have described this episode as “unprecedented,” and legal operators who contacted The Times of Malta expressed their concern that such events could affect the respect that the Court and the judiciary should command.
And while we’re definitely partial to classic Maltese tunes as much as the next guy, maybe Mifsud should stick to listening to his favourite hits in the shower, like everyone else.