Valletta fan acquitted

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 9:51

Source: The Malta Independent

A 47-year-old man was yesterday acquitted of a string of 10 charges, including threatening and resisting police officers during a fight that broke out at a football match between Valletta and Floriana, in May last year.

On the day, some police officers were attacked by supporters and consequently suffered serious injuries.

In his statements to the police, Aldo Spiteri, 47, of Fgura, had confirmed he was at the ground at the time of the match but denied he was involved in fighting or that he attacked the police. He had specified that contrary to the allegations, he had helped the police to control the situation and calm down the Valletta supporters.

The prosecution did not provide evidence that Mr Spiteri attacked anyone or that someone witnessed him being involved. It based its evidence on recordings transmitted on TVM and One News, and stills taken from them.

However, after examining these stills, the court could not reach the conclusion that Mr Spiteri was involved. On the contrary, it seems he did not do anything wrong and helped the police.

The court, presided by magistrate Audrey Demicoli, acquitted him of all charges.

Lawyers Emanuel Mallia and Arthur Azzopardi appeared for him.

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