Man accused of hurting his parents after asking for money to fund his drug addiction

A 31-year-old man from Gżira was accused of attacking and slightly injuring his parents at their home, where he had gone to ask for money to buy drugs.

The incident occurred on Friday evening and the unemployed man was arrested, under arrest, on Monday before magistrate Gabriella Vella. He was accused of using violence, including moral abuse, to force his parents to give him money.

Prosecuting Inspector Eman Hayman also accused the man of slightly injuring his mother and father, causing damage to their property, assaulting his parents and uttering insults and threats that went beyond provocation. .

The court was asked to ensure the safety of the alleged victims. A protection order in favor of the parents was requested, as well as a treatment order for the accused.

The accused denied having used any violence, reiterating his denial from the dock.

Inspector Hayman took the floor to testify. The accused’s parents had gone to the police station, the inspector explained, reporting that their son was asking them for money every day to fund his drug use. The amount he would demand has been increased from €20 to €200.

On the day of the incident, he had knocked on the door saying he only wanted to eat. But once inside, he became violent, demanding money from his parents, snatching his mother’s purse and injuring her.

In the dungeon, the accused showed severe withdrawal symptoms and was taken to hospital on police bail, the inspector said. “The moment he was released on bail by the police, not 10 minutes later, he left the hospital. Today he missed an appointment at the police headquarters and went to his house instead. his parents.

Lawyer Yanika Bugeja was appointed by the court as legal counsel for the accused. She informed the magistrate that her client would enter a plea of ​​not guilty.

Bail was not requested at this stage, the lawyer said, explaining that the defendant was unable to provide an alternate address.

The defendant weakly told the court that he had another address to stay at, but could not remember.

Bugeja also asked the court to order the accused to receive medical treatment. The magistrate granted the request, ordering the administration of the CCF to provide all the medical assistance required by the accused, in particular because of his drug addiction.