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Man pleads not guilty to injuring nurse and doctor at health centre

A man who allegedly injured a doctor and a nurse when he went to a health centre to get a medical certificate has been remanded in custody at Mount Carmel after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Eugenio Carabott, 61, of Tarxien was charged with attacking and slightly injuring nurse Silvia Spiteri and Dr Malcolm P. Galea, breaking Ms Spiteri's glasses, damaging government property, injuring Ignatius Norman Cachia an hour before this incident and breaching the peace.

The incident happened at around noon yesterday at the Paola Health Centre.

Police Inspector Spiridione Zammit told the court that Mr Carabott boasted all over Tarxien that he had long finger nails and the police had information that he had scratched some 30 people.

Inspector Zammit said that Mr Carabott went to the police station to report the fight he had had with Mr Cachia and the police asked him to get a medical certificate from the health centre.

Mr Carabott allegedly went to the treatment room, punched the nurse in the face and scratched her, threw the doctor up against a glass door shattering it in the process and leaving the doctor needing sutures to his hand.

In his statement to the police, Mr Carabott said he was spoken to in a rough manner, he was sad and he lost control.

In a statement, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses condemned the attack.

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