Earlier today, bar owner David Busuttil, who is charged with the murder of a 60-year-old man in St. Paul’s Bay, was released on bail against a number of conditions.
The 59-year-old owner of Munchies Bar got into an argument with the victim, with the Court being told that the argument started after the inebriated victim began annoying Busuttil with his words and behaviour.
Inspector Shaun Pawney reported that the victim began coughing into the accused’s glass; the victim then denied that he was coughing and within moments, the argument became physical, with the victim ending up on the pavement seconds after.
The Inspector went on to report that Busuttil pushed the victim twice and when he came up the second time, he was pushed down the steps again, with Busuttil calling for an ambulance soon after. The victim died via head injury leading to brain haemorrhage, with the autopsy revealing that he had over 200mg of alcohol in his system.
A witness describe the argument as a fight between foolish persons, with the victim unaware of what he was doing.
The Court accepted the accused’s request for bail on the conditions that the accused must attend every Court appointment, cannot travel abroad unless authorised, has to deposit ID card and passport in Court, cannot approach witnesses, cannot commit other crimes and has to sign a bail book at the Qawra police station every Monday and Friday, with release requiring a €10,000 deposit and €10,000 personal guarantee.
Busuttil reportedly burst into tears when he was notified that he was released on bail.