Jury acquits security guard of aggravated assault

37 year old Harvey Sambula was acquitted of aggravated assault with a firearm and common assault, on Tuesday afternoon before Justice Adolph Lucas in the Supreme Court.

After nearly three hours, the jury voted seven to two to acquit Mr Sambula of the first charge, and took another 30 minutes to reach a similar verdict to acquit him of the alternative charge of common assault.

On May 6, 2011, Harvey Sambula was working at the Princess Hotel and Casino, when complainant Dean Smith went outside to urinate, and got into a misunderstanding with Mr Sambula, who he said assaulted him with a 9mm pistol, striking him in the mouth and knocking out five of his teeth.

In his testimony, Harvey Sambula said it was Dean Smith who got cross with him, after he told him not to urinate in the compound again, as there are restrooms at the facility.

He claimed that Smith pushed him twice in his head, and hit him with a fist in the mouth.

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