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Cricketer describes alleged machete attack

National team cricketer George O’Brien Jr told a jury his friend Demitrius Gibbons chopped him with a machete, leaving his arm “wide open and bleeding.”

According to Mr O’Brien, the attack came on the evening of July 19 last year, after he and Mr Gibbons got into a dispute.

The 26-year-old fast bowler, who also plays for Willow Cuts and lives on Sofar Drive, St David’s, needed hospital treatment for the injury.

Mr Gibbons, 24, of Mount Road, St David’s, denies wounding Mr O’Brien with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and his trial opened at Supreme Court yesterday.

Answering questions from prosecutor Nicole Smith, Mr O’Brien said he’d known Mr Gibbons from the St David’s neighbourhood for around ten years and called him by the nickname ‘Buffy’.

“We was good friends,” he told the jury. “I used to go to his house and sit off and sit off down the [St David’s Cricket] Club.”

However, he got a call on his cell phone on the night in question when he was at the cricket club watching a game. As a result, he left the club and went to an embankment area on Lighthouse Road, St David’s, where he saw a younger man named Brian Motta, who is his daughter’s uncle. Mr O’Brien said of Mr Motta: “I was like an older brother; I’d look out for him.”

He said he became “concerned” about Mr Motta when he saw him that night although prosecutor Ms Smith did not ask him to explain why.

Next, said Mr O’Brien, he tried to call Mr Gibbons on the phone but did not reach him. When Mr Gibbons called back, they got into a verbal dispute.

“I tried to ask him ‘why are you calling my name for something that’s nothing to do with me’,” said Mr O’Brien, although he did not explain what he meant.

When Mr O’Brien saw Mr Gibbons in a car heading to his Mount Road home, he followed him there with the “intention to talk to him,” he explained, adding that he was “a bit upset”.

However, he said, an “angry” Mr Gibbons emerged from his home with a machete, and used it to threaten him as the pair traded insults.

As the dispute progressed, Mr O’Brien said Mr Gibbons “swung the machete like a baseball bat and chopped me in my right arm, just above the elbow”.

Mr O’Brien said he was unarmed at the time, although he’d picked up a motorcycle rim from the ground to defend himself at one point earlier in the dispute, then dropped it again.

“Truly, I didn’t believe that he had chopped me. I really didn’t think he would have done that,” he told the jury.

He went on to allege that Mr Gibbons told him: “Bleed, p***y bleed, I told you don’t f**k with me” before forcing a young man at the scene off of his motorcycle and using it to chase Mr O’Brien up to the lighthouse, still armed with the machete.

At this point, the alleged victim said he ran into someone’s yard and ripped a piece of wood out of the fence to defend himself. He estimated the machete blade was around two feet long.

Mr O’Brien is due to continue his evidence today.

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Published August 23, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 23, 2011 at 9:42 am)

Cricketer describes alleged machete attack

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