The contractor accused of dumping a worker who suffered spinal injuries in a fall on the side of the road, Glen Farrugia, has been released on bail.
Farrugia is one of the two shareholders and a director of the company J&G Farrugia Contractors. He was remanded in custody upon arraignment on charges related to an incident involving a migrant construction employee who was dumped on a roadside in Mellieħa, after being injured onsite.
Farrugia was thereafter charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Lamin Jaiteh from Gambia, as well as several other charges relating to breaches of occupational health and safety and labour market laws, including failure to fulfil proper payment on public holidays, unused vacation leave, Saturday pay, and overtime.
After an eight-hour bail hearing, which ended at 9:30pm last night, magistrate Marseanne Farrugia temporarily released the contractor from arrest after hearing all the witnesses in the case.
Farrugia was ordered to guarantee his release with a €10,000 deposit and a personal guarantee of €30,000. He will also be obliged to observe a curfew and sign a bail book three times a week.
Lawyers Franco Debono and Matthew Xuereb, who assisted Farrugia, praised the court’s dedication and efficiency, after hearing all the witnesses in one sitting and hearing the principal witness, as well as the victim, through videoconferencing.
In the hearing, Jaiteh recounted how he had crawled to the pavement in severe pain after being dumped in the middle of the road by his boss, who told him to lie and say he was in a car accident. The woman who found Jaiteh and helped him also testified.