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Andrew 'Ali' Mohammed appeared in court yesterday, September 5 for allegedly beating his stepbrother and stepfather at his Purcell Estate home in February of this year. However, both the alleged victims asked the court for the charges to be dropped against Mohammed; hence, the two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and charge of being armed with an offensive weapon were dismissed by Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens.
Prosecutor Sarah Benjamin told the court that it is alleged that on February 16, 2012 Mohammed was at home with his mother and his 14 year-old stepbrother at their Purcell Estate home. At the time, Mohammed disciplined his brother for being rude to their mother.
She said while Mohammed was disciplining his brother, Mohammed's stepfather, who is the father of the 14 year-old, came to the Purcell Estate apartment to take his son. The man heard the noise coming from the apartment and he called for his son; however, Mohammed answered and told him to come in.
Benjamin said when the door was opened, Mohammed attacked his stepfather with a bottle and a struggle ensued between the two men. They were then separated and the stepfather walked away and went to his jeep to await his 14 year-old son; however, Mohammed came running behind with a knife and attacked him where he received injuries to his shoulder, upper chest and upper back. The man, who managed to escape, went to the Police Station.
The 14 year-old told the court that his stepbrother threw a chair at him which resulted in him receiving a cut to the abdomen.
Mohammed's stepfather told the court that he lives at Fort Hill and his wife lives in Purcell Estate, and noted that since the incident his 14 year-old son now lives with him at Fort Hill.
They both asked that the charges be dropped against Mohammed and Prosecutor Benjamin said based on the testimony, the crown offers no evidence against Mohammed.