Man sent to jail, loses €15,500 bail deposit after stealing €5

The man, a recidivist, was sentenced to five months in prison after he pleaded guilty to the theft

(File Photo)
(File Photo)

A man who on Tuesday pleaded guilty to stealing a €5 note from a Birgu restaurant has lost a €15,000 bail deposit and was sentenced to five months in jail.

Terry Vidal, 33 from Ħaż-Żebbuġ, admitted to stealing €5 from a person at the D Centre restaurant in Birgu.

Being a recidivist and flouting bail conditions for a previous crime, the court warned him that if he pleaded guilty he would lose the personal guarantee deposit of €15,500 and be sent to prison upon admitting. 

Vidal’s legal aid lawyer said that his client was insisting on admission of guilt. 

“The court gave you time to reconsider. I sentence you to five months imprisonment and you will be immediately re-arrested,” the court said. 

Oriana Spiteri was prosecuting officer.

Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech was presiding magistrate. 

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