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Man accused of chopping cricketer walks free

A man accused of chopping national team cricketer George O'Brien Jr in the arm with a machete was cleared by a jury this afternoon.

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.

The trial lasted for one week at Supreme Court, 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.

He was not present for the verdict, and declined to comment afterwards.

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Published August 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm (Updated August 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm)

Man accused of chopping cricketer walks free

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