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Boy, 12, chopped

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Tuesday, December 17 2013

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CHOPPED: Tefari Deen, 12, with his mother Madeline Deen at their Morne Diablo home yesterday, a day after Tefari was chopped across his nose by a man ...
CHOPPED: Tefari Deen, 12, with his mother Madeline Deen at their Morne Diablo home yesterday, a day after Tefari was chopped across his nose by a man ...

A MAN, whose five-year-old daughter was allegedly slapped by a 12-year-old boy, decided to take the law into his own hands on Sunday in Penal when he chopped the boy on his nose. Police said Tefari Deen may have prevented his own death by dodging the cutlass blow which was aimed at his neck during the attack in the yard of his family’s home.

Instead, the Standard Three pupil of the Morne Diablo RC Primary School in Penal, sustained a chop to his nose for which he had to receive 21 stitches at hospital. Police have since arrested the suspect who is 34. Investigators plan to seek advice from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard on what charge — attempted murder or wounding with intent — to lay on the man.

Tefari of Grant Trace, Morne Diablo yesterday told Newsday he was sitting by himself on some bricks in the yard at about 10.30 am on Sunday when he saw a car driven by the suspect, reverse into the yard.

In the front passenger’s seat were the suspect’s wife and their five-year-old daughter who sat on her lap. Sitting in the back of the car were the wife’s four brothers, all of Morne Diablo, Tefari said.

“The woman came out of the car and said ‘look one there’. The woman’s husband came out with a cutlass in his hand. He was aiming it at my neck but I bent and turned away so I got the chop on my nose. I ran under the house screaming for my mommy,” Tefari said.

The schoolboy added that before the driver returned to the car, he remarked: “this war ent done yet.

“I want your family!” Tefari’s mother Madeline Deen, 43, said she was doing household chores when she heard loud screams and rushed outside to see her son’s face covered with blood. She too started to scream.

Tefari was rushed to the Penal Health Centre where he was stabilised and transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where he received 21 stitches. Deen, a mother of eight claimed there was an ongoing feud between her family and the suspect’s family. Because of this, Deen said, her children are constantly harassed by the suspect and his relatives. “I am fed-up of these people. I do not interfere with them. Tefari cannot walk home in peace. This man in the past threw a pliers which struck my daughter. And she was pregnant at the time,” Deen said.

Deen said that she has made numerous reports to the police. “My son did not hit that man’s child. But, for argument’s sake, even if my boy did slap the man’s child, did that action warrant my boy getting chopped across his face?” Constable Narine is investigating.

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