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Woman fined for running, dancing in bikini near religious procession

A Kazakh woman was conditionally discharged for two years by a court this afternoon after running next to a religious procession (Stella Maris) in her bikini yesterday.

Christina Betke, 28, pleaded guilty to impeding or disturbing a service of the Roman Catholic religion at around 10pm at the Sliema Ferries.

Ms Betke refused to be represented by a lawyer and Magistrate Aaron Bugeja explained to her in simple terms what she was accused of. She insisted she did not want legal counsel and said she was guilty.

"I'm very sorry for what happened yesterday - I was very drunk and will make sure it won't happen again," she said.

Inspector Jason Sultana said he was informed that a woman was drunk and was dancing around a procession in her bikini. She had just disembarked from a boat party in a drunken state when she came across the procession, which happened to be passing by and started dancing around the band members.

He said she had cooperated with the police and did not cause any harm to anyone.

Ms Betke also pleaded guilty to breaching the peace, being in a drunken state beyond control in public and being indecently dressed.

Insp. Sultana said Ms Betke was sorry for what she had done and recommended a conditional discharge.

Magistrate Bugeja took note of the nature of the offence and conditionally discharged her for two years. He also fined her for €150.

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