These are the main news as reported by Malta’s news portals.
Liam Debono has been hospitalised after he was beaten up earlier in Luqa. Sources said the 17-year-old, who stands charged with the attempted murder of police constable Simon Schembri, was assaulted by up to six men inside a shop where he works. He reportedly suffered several wounds to the face. The Malta Independent – Net News – One News
A judge had stinging words of criticism for the way a magistrate decided a case of grievous bodily harm in Gozo. Dione Lautier was accused of grievously injuring Frank Tabone and breaching the peace in St. George’s square, Victoria, Gozo, in 2016. In July 2017 the Court of Magistrates in Gozo, presided by Magistrate Joe Mifsud, found Lautier guilty and sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment suspended for 3 years. The Malta Independent
The crash of a French spy plane after taking off from Malta International Airport two years ago was caused by a technical malfunction, an investigation has concluded. On 24 October 2016, the modified Merlin IV aircraft took off from MIA at 7.19am, spending only 10 seconds in the air before crashing in Safi, killing all five people on board. MaltaToday
Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici said the Government is committed to continuing reforms to enable the administration of Court become more autonomous. During a media conference, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretaries Deo Debattista and Silvio Parnis, an account was given of announced Budget measures that affect the administration of Justice, culture and Local Councils. TVM
Archbishop Charles Scicluna communicated what Pope Francis told when they rode the lift together during the Bishops’ Synod at the Vatican. On the radio programme Follow-Up with Fr, Joe Borg, the Archbishop made known that he happened to be passing by to elevator to take the stairs when a cardinal who was accompanying the Pope called him over as the Pope did not want to take the lift alone. It is to be said that Pope Francis avoids the stairs as he suffers from pain in the sciatica. Newsbook