fifteen months suspended prison sentence for stabbing after the CST demand

The Brussels Criminal Court pronounced on Friday morning a fifteen-month suspended prison sentence for three years for a man accused of assaulting the owner of a cafe with a knife.

On October 16, this man attacked the manager of a drinks establishment in the city center of Brussels, when he wanted to enter without presenting the Covid Safe Ticket (CST), this certificate which attests to a vaccination, a cure or a negative test for Covid-19.

The defendant was prosecuted for assault and battery causing incapacity for work and for carrying a weapon by destination.

On October 16 at around 1 a.m., he had presented himself, drunk, at the entrance of a café in rue des Poissonniers in Brussels, but had refused to show the CST, which had been required since the day before in Horeca establishments in the Brussels region. He had pulled out a knife and punched the manager. The victim had been taken to hospital and was able, after receiving the necessary treatment, to return home.

The prosecution had estimated that the prejudices were established and had requested a two-year prison sentence. The defense, for its part, had argued that certain circumstances of the facts had to be taken into account in order to judge the accused adequately. For her, the question of self-defense, or at least that of provocation, arose.

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