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Step-father forgives teen in chopping case:

A charge of attempted murder, against a 14-year-old boy, was dropped yesterday as the teen's step-father told the San Fernando Magistrates' Court that he did not wish to continue the case against his alleged attacker.

The 40-year-old sales representative said he had spoken to the boy's mother and had also taken the child's age into consideration.

"He is young and I decided to give him a chance," the man said.

It was alleged that on August 17, the boy wounded the 40-year-old man with intent to murder him.

The step-father was chopped on his neck with a cutlass.

At the boy's first court appearance, the defence said the alleged incident occurred when the teen tried to defend his mother during a domestic dispute.

The child was placed on $75,000 bail.

Yesterday the step-father told the court he was no longer interested in continuing with the case.

He said he was neither threatened nor were any promises made to him and he was doing this on his own free will.

The case against the boy was then dropped. —Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

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