Entrepreneur accused of throwing injured migrant worker onto sidewalk granted bail

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Glen Farrugia, the building contractor accused of dumping an employee with a spinal injury in a fall on the side of the road, has been released on bail.

Glen Farrugia, 31, one of the two shareholders and director of J&G Farrugia Contractors, had been remanded in custody after being indicted on charges relating to an incident involving a migrant construction worker who was injured at the side of the road in Mellieħa, after an accident at work.

Farrugia de Żebbuġ has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Lamin Jaiteh of The Gambia, along with several other charges related to breaches of occupational health and safety and labor market laws, including failure to paying Jaiteh correctly for working on a public holiday, not having paid unused annual leave, Saturday pay and overtime, as well as statutory bonus, taxes and national insurance.

After an eight-hour marathon bail hearing, which ended at 9:30 p.m. last night, Magistrate Marseanne Farrugia has temporarily released the 31-year-old director of J&G Farrugia Contractors from arrest after hearing all civilian witnesses in the case.

Farrugia was ordered to guarantee his release with a deposit of 10,000 € and a personal deposit of 30,000 €. He must also observe a curfew and sign a deposit book three times a week.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Matthew Xuereb, assisting the accused, praised the dedication and efficiency of the court, after hearing all the witnesses in one sitting and hearing the main witness, the victim, by videoconference.

Jaiteh recounted how he crawled to the sidewalk in pain after being dumped in the middle of the road by his boss. A woman who found Jaiteh on the road and helped him, also testified.

Superintendent Priscilla Caruana Lee and Inspector George Frendo continue. Lawyers Andrew Grima and Mattia Felice appeared for the Department of Industrial Relations and Employment.

Lawyer David Saliba represented the Occupational Health and Safety Authority and lawyer Gianluca Cappitta represented the victim in the proceedings.

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