Accused says stabbed bouncer was defending him
Jonathan Portelli, 24 of Birzebbuga, this morning pleaded not guilty to having stabbed a bouncer, Michael Zahra, at Shadows Lounge in Paceville on Saturday morning.
He was also accused of attempting to seriously injure Sandro Dimech, slightly injuring Mr Dimech and unlawfully carrying a knife.
Defence counsel Gianella Caruana Curran said her client was attacked in the club. CCTV footage showed how a group of people had surrounded him and his girlfriend. The bouncer who was injured was actually trying to defend her client.
The case continues. Mr Portelli was granted bail.