Thief is spared prison to allow him to join drug rehab programme

A thief who confessed to having actually taken electronic devices and building and construction tools has actually been handed a suspended sentence

The male was positioned under a guidance order in view of his evident inspiration to begin a drug rehabprogramme

39-year-old Frankie Bugeja of Qormi was sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for 4, after he pleaded guilty to charges of having actually taken a tv, DVD gamer, a chaser and a jigger from a Mellieha house in December 2022.

Bugeja was likewise positioned under a three-year guidance order.

He had actually been arraigned on Christmas Eve, confessing to having actually devoted the theft however rejected charges of having actually done so throughout the personnel duration of a suspended sentence and recidivism. The prosecution had actually consequently withdrawn those 2 charges.

Magistrate Marse Anne Farrugia kept in mind that Bugeja, who has a drug issue and previous convictions for worsened theft and easy ownership of illegal compounds, had actually currently used for a location on a drug rehabprogramme

His probation officer had actually informed the court that this location would be surrendered if he were to be jailed. His rehab would not just serve the implicated, however was likewise in the general public’s interest, stated the magistrate.

In her factors to consider on penalty, the magistrate stated that Bugeja’s efforts to conquer his drug addiction and his early guilty plea weighed in his favour.

Legal Representative Jason Grima assisted Bugeja in the procedures.

Cops Inspector Christian Cauchi prosecuted.

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