Shortly after the bigoted message of Josie Muscat, saying that victims of abuse provoke the aggressor, we are handed a sentence which not only condones homophobia but again absolves the aggressor on the only account of provocation.
Accused and victim drinking in the same bar,
Victim is drunk, gestates something stupid,
Closing time – everyone goes their separate ways,
Accused sees victim in the street,
Accused runs over victim with car,
Accused is conditionally discharged.
Granted this is the simplistic version, but it is basically the gist of the story. Not to mention this was the information the public was given since according to Alison Bezzina the court transcript wasn’t even made available. What I didn’t mention is that the victim was attacked because he insinuated the aggressor was gay, which apparently is reason enough to get run over by a car if you live in Mellieħa and you have a reputation to defend.
To me this is not just a case of homophobia but a perfect example of the mentality people are getting accustomed to. Basically there is no sense of responsibility anymore. Whatever happened to being accountable for your actions? People punch others during a protest and are handed a EUR60 fine, or, in this case, run over a man and are merely conditionally discharged.
Am I the only one thinking there’s not much point in being good, and following the rules? Running over a man is way less expensive than sessions of anger management at the psychologist’s, so if you feel something abrewing, the Maltese legal system is basically telling you ‘it’s ok, we will understand you have issues and we will be lenient”.
Yes I am angry, outraged even. People need to learn the value of accountability, and this won’t happen if the courts hand down these kinds of judgments, so I am more than happy to read this morning that the Attorney General Peter Grech is considering appealing against Magistrate Carol Peralta’s decision. Kudos!