After a foreign woman reported her husband for rape, investigations carried out in Malta revealed an 18-minute video which revealed that she was in fact physically abusing him.
TVM reported The 36-year-old woman, who works for the Education Services Foundation but whose name and nationality cannot be reported by court order, was charged with domestic violence, assaulting her husband and subsequently causing him to be charged. minor injuries. She is pleading not guilty.
Her alleged abuse came to light after investigations, sparked by her own rape allegation, found a camera in her home containing footage of the man subjected to domestic violence, with his wife attacking him with her hands, Wand, pan and hot water kettle.
According to the prosecution, the couple’s children, aged seven and 14, witnessed the abuse and spoke to the police about it.
The prosecution explained how false reports of rape and domestic violence have a strong impact on the very real and damaging cases suffered by other women. Overall, there is a risk that the progress of gender equality and awareness of gender-based violence will be reversed by years.
On the other hand, the defense claimed that the woman had been living with her husband for a long time and that the investigators of the cameras found in their house were only an illegal means to control her.
Defense attorneys Martha Mifsud and Christian Frendo demanded release from custody, while pointing out that the accused had just been operated on and had no other living arrangements yet he could afford to pay the rent.
Provisional release was granted on a deposit of € 1,000 and a personal guarantee of € 10,000, subject to various conditions, including that he must sign a bail book three times a week and obey a curfew between 10pm and 7am.
Her husband said he did not have € 1,000 on him but that he would try to get the money.
The accused was also issued a restraining order against her husband and children, ordered not to communicate with them in any way, and will initially stay in a hotel before notifying the police of the place of residence. its new.
Magistrate Charmaine Galea described the case she is presiding over as “surreal”.
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