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Jury clears man of alleged machete attack

A man accused of chopping national team cricketer George O’Brien Jr in the arm with a machete was cleared by a jury yesterday. Demitrius Gibbons, 24, was charged with wounding fast bowler Mr O’Brien, 26, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He admitted injuring the cricket star during a dispute in St David’s on July 19 last year, but said it happened by accident when he was acting in self defence.

His Supreme Court trial lasted for one week, and the jury delivered a majority not guilty verdict after just over four hours of deliberations. Mr Gibbons smiled and hugged his lawyer, Elizabeth Christopher, after the verdict.

He declined to comment as he left court. Mr O’Brien Jr needed hospital treatment for the cut to his arm, and it led him to miss Cup Match last year, when he’d been lined up to play for St George’s.

Freed: Demitrius Gibbons was cleared of wounding national team cricketer George O'Brien Jr with a machete. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published August 30, 2011 at 11:20 am (Updated August 30, 2011 at 11:20 am)

Jury clears man of alleged machete attack

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