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Déjà vu

In March 2011, more than 15 months ago, a man was caught on video viciously beating up a woman in the streets of St. Julians. The mobile video which was taken by a foreign student at about 2.30 a.m showed a drunken man beating up his girlfriend. He grabbed her viciously by her blouse whilst she crouched down trying to defend herself from his blows. He tugs at her almost undressing her. She screams, begs for help, and asks to be left alone but he slams her viciously against a car, throws her to the ground in the middle of the road, grabs her by the hair, kicks her, and hits her repeatedly. The police painstakingly tracked the man down and took him to court, but, despite the gruelling evidence on video, because the victim decided to drop the charges of violence against her, the Magistrate could only fine him €175 for being drunk in public and offending public morals. Déjà vu anyone? Fast forward fifteen months to this week, and, not much has changed. Lo and behold, the story repeats itself albeit with a twist. Five unruly men are caught on video and photographs, whilst attacking another man in Marsaxlokk. They punch him several times around the head and cause public unrest, but… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/deja-vu/

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Déjà vu