The Attorney General has filed an appeal over the Magistrates' Court decision to acquit a priest of rape because of an error in the charge sheet.

Fr Godwin Scerri was earlier this month found guilty of sexual abuse but acquitted of rape.

He was jailed for five years but is appealing the decision.

In his judgement, Magistrate Saviour Demicoli had noted that the victim testified that Fr Scerri had raped him at St Joseph's Home in ─Žamrun and not in Marfa, as indicated in the charges.

In his appeal, the AG questioned the magistrate's decision and asked the Court of Appeal to reconsider arguing that a precise indication of where the crime took place was not essential to the finding of guilt or otherwise.