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Miodrag Simonovic, a 39-year old Serb who works as a driver, was released from custody after he was arraigned in Court over an argument with a Maltese man on a parking space in St Paul’s Bay.
The argument erupted at around 3.00pm in Triq il-Port Ruman when the two men argued about a vacant parking space in the road.
One of them insisted that the parking is left vacant for a tow truck which was needed on site. Both men came to blows with the Serb allegedly biting the Maltese man’s finger.
Defence lawyer Daniel Attard requested that the accused is released from custody, arguing that the Serb has lived for eleven years in the country and never committed any crime.
Prosecuting Inspector Godwin Scerri did not object to the request, adding that the accused suffered some injuries in the fight and criminal action may also be taken against the Maltese who is undergoing surgery in hospital.
Magistrate Astrid May Grima upheld the request for the Serb’s release from custody on a €1,000 bail deposit and a personal guarantee of €10,000. He was also ordered to sign at a police station daily and to remain at home between 11.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. The Court also ordered him not to approach witnesses and the victim until the sentence is given.