Three bouncers who were filmed beating up two men outside a nightclub in Paceville two years ago have been ordered to undergo 600 hours of unpaid community service.
The beating took place in the early hours of 21st May 2017, when the men, who hail from Syria and Jordan, tried to gain access to a club in St George’s Road. Leaked security camera footage shows a group of men, who appear to be bouncers, beating one of the men up and leaving him lying on the ground with blood on his face.
The man’s friend then took off his jacket and T-shirt, challenged the ‘bouncers’ to a fight and got beaten up too, but this was not caught on camera.
Both men suffered grievous injuries and facial disfigurement and one of them ended up with a fractured eye socket, placing him in danger of losing his eye
Following the incident, six men were charged with causing grievous injuries to the two men, instigating a fight and breaching the peace. Five of them were also charged with illegally working as security guards
In his judgement today, magistrate Joe Mifsud cleared three of the men of all charges but ordered the other three, Simon Cassar, Jurghen Sghendo and Ezekiel Borg Mintoff, to undergo a combined total of 600 hours of community service. They are also ordered to pay €1,764 in court expenses and placed under a personal guarantee of €2,000 for a year.
The charges of working illegally as bouncers were dropped after Mifsud ruled that this couldn’t be presumed just because they were wearing black and standing outside a nightclub.
Lawyers Joe Giglio, Andy Ellul, Charlon Gouder, Ramona Attard, Kathleen Grima and Arthur Azzopardi represented the six men.
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