Somali, Libyan remanded in custody over Paceville fight

A Somali and a Libyan who were involved in a fight in Paceville in the early hours of yesterday have been remanded in custody after both of them pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

The two men, Mohammed Ibrahim Abdalla, 19, from Somalia who lives in Marsascala and Tripoli-born Miloud Elforjani, 33, who resides in Malta but has no fixed address were arraigned separately this afternoon, by Inspector Elton Taliana.

In court, the Somali claimed that while he was walking in Paceville at about 3am yesterday, three Libyans including Mr Elforjani, tried to steal his mobile and a fight broke out.

While the alleged aggressor was accused of causing slight injuries to the Somali, the latter was charged with grievous bodily harm. The prosecution said both injuries were caused with a broken glass bottle.

The court presided by Magistrate Gabriella Vella, denied bail to both men, fearing they would abscond. However, she instructed the director of prisons to ensure they would not be in contact with each other.

Lawyer Noel Bartolo was defence counsel for the Somali, while lawyer Noel Cutajar appeared for the Libyan.


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