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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.

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