A man accused of drug trafficking has been let off the hook by a court after the wrong date of the alleged crime was indicated on the charge sheet.
Mohamed Hussein Abdi, a Somali, was accused of dealing in cannabis in Paceville.
Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras observed that whereas the charge sheet exhibited in Maltese referred to offences allegedly committed by the accused on July 14, the charge sheet exhibited in the English language referred to July 16.
In the evidence produced, it was clear that the alleged facts took place on the 14th, not the 16th. The accused was arraigned under arrest on July 15. The incident report was entered by the police on July 14 and referred to an incident that allegedly occurred during the previous hour. [source]