Intimidation and assault case against businessman Savas Guven thrown out

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 23: Savas Guven the CEO who is up on intimidation charges leaves Parramatta Local Court with Stuart Littlemore QC on March 23, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Kirk Gilmour/Fairfax Media) Photo: Kirk GilmourAssault and intimidation charges against Sydney chief executive Savas Guven have been thrown out of court by a magistrate who found prosecution testimony ambiguous and contradictory.

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Mr Guven, a property developer who also runs the AllRound Access scaffolding company, faced Parramatta Local Court on Thursday over an alleged “parking rage” incident in Lane Cove West last year.

A warehouse manager working at a business next to Mr Guven’s scaffolding storage yard alleged Mr Guven had threatened to have someone “bash the s—” out of him with a pole late at night.

Mr Guven, represented by Stuart Littlemore QC, vehemently denied the allegation in evidence, claiming he was the victim in the incident, having been punched and slapped.

The warehouse manager, Chris Lehours, told the court he was confronted by an angry Mr Guven after a delivery truck blocked a shared driveway on July 1, last year.

Mr Lehours said Mr Guven came nose-to-nose with him, pushing him in the stomach with his hands in his vest pockets and spitting in his face.

At this point, Mr Lehours became “incredibly angry”, he said, trying to hit Mr Guven and knocking his cap off his head.

“If someone was to come back later tonight with a pole and beat the shit out of you … ” he alleged Mr Guven began to say.

Mr Lehours said he asked if that was a threat and Mr Guven said, “No, I’m just telling you what’s going to happen to you.”

But Mr Guven rejected claims he threatened Mr Lehours or another staff member, Brad Frost. He said Mr Lehours punched then slapped him.

He said after those blows he told Mr Lehours he punched like a girl and then said “come on”, as he was ready to fight.

The court was shown a photograph of a scratch to Mr Guven’s neck allegedly left by the slap.

Mr Frost could not remember hearing Mr Guven threaten anyone with a bashing.

The delivery truck driver, Ahmed Berjaoui, said Mr Guven was wearing a white T-shirt and had raised his fists at Mr Lehours, contradicting earlier evidence.

In dismissing the case, Magistrate Tim Keady described the initial confrontation between the men as a “macho incident” more reminiscent of the schoolyard.

Magistrate Keady said the evidence could not support a finding of beyond reasonable doubt on any of the charges.