It was the weatherman, Mark Vella Gera
Published: April 23, 2008 at 5:00pm
Mark Vella Gera was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for four years, for sexually propositioning primary-school boys at St Michael’s independent school. He was also a teacher at tal-Muzew, but of course, we haven’t had any court cases about that one. What did we tell you about never trusting a man who wears a goatee?
The law is specific in that magistrates and judges may only ban the publication of details (any details) of a court case, or discussion about it, while it is underway. Once the matter has been decided, and even if the decision has been appealed against, the magistrate or judge may ban only the name/s of the victim/s, and that to protect their privacy where there has been abuse. The name/s of the perpetrator/s may be banned only if he/she/they are minors.
So, if the name of a criminal has been banned by the court in blatant disregard of what the law specifies, and more particularly if the crime in question is a sexual offence against children, then I feel obliged to ignore that ban and to ask the magistrate to justify his stance.
Would that the editors of our newspapers were to get together and challenge these offensive bans on the publication of the names of criminals once and for all.
The man who was sentenced, yesterday, to two years in prison suspended for four years, for sexually propositioning primary-school boys – not secondary-school girls – when he was their religion teacher is Mark Vella Gera, born June 1970. The incidents occurred when he taught at St Michael School. He has since been dismissed.
Mark Vella Gera also taught doctrine classes for the MUSEUM (tal-Muzew). Call me prejudiced, but I would never trust a man who actively seeks to spend his afternoons and evenings in the company of young children, to teach them ‘religion’, especially when it is not his job and he is not getting paid for it. Why would a mentally healthy man want to spend his free time doing that, instead of running around with women or taking up some normal hobby or interest? How many men do you know who find other people’s young children in sizeable groups (and even their own) anything other than exhausting and irritating after anything longer than 10 minutes?
Mark Vella Gera is an amateur meteorologist who runs the organisation Malta Weather (on the net, at maltaweather.com). He has been fascinated by the weather all his life, he claims on his site. So now we must ask ourselves whether he got into teaching, and more specifically, teaching religion, purely to put himself into contact with large numbers of young children. You don’t get that with the weather.