Man fined €4,000 after punching police officer in early morning brawl

A man was handed a suspended sentence and a €4,000 fine after pleading guilty to charges including assaulting and slightly injuring a police officer 

Presiding magistrate Neville Camilleri noted that the man had entered a guilty plea early in the case, and had cooperated with the police
Presiding magistrate Neville Camilleri noted that the man had entered a guilty plea early in the case, and had cooperated with the police

A man who punched a policeman during an early morning brawl was handed a suspended sentence and a €4,000 fine this morning after admitting to the charges.

Stacey Wayne Wright, 21, of New Zealand, was arraigned in court today charged with having assaulted and slightly injured the police officer as well as with having directed his violence against a third party. The man was further charged with having disturbed the public peace and with disobey police orders.

The court heard how it was about 1:00am on Wednesday when Wright went to the DDream hotel in Ball Street, Paceville to sort out a personal issue, reportedly involving a woman.

A heated argument broke out and during which a police officer ended up being punched in the face.

Defence lawyer Stefano Filletti explained to the court that besides facing justice in Malta his client also had to face his parents in New Zealand. Wright's father, a former member of the Armed Forces who is currently serving in the police force, was highly disappointed by his son's behaviour and strongly disapproved of his aggression towards a police officer.

Presiding magistrate Neville Camilleri noted that the man had entered a guilty plea early in the case, and had cooperated with the police. He had also apologised for his actions.

In its ruling, the court handed Wright an eight-month sentence, suspended for one year, and a fine of €4,000.

Inspector Trevor Micallef prosecuted.

Lawyer Stefano Filletti was defence counsel.

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