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Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Monday adjourned to Wednesday July 5, the case against a 15-year-old girl, charged with 19 counts of murder arising from a fire that razed the female dormitory of the Mahdia Secondary School, resulting in serious injuries and deaths.
The teenager, who is also a student of the school, was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge when she appeared at the Diamond Magistrate’s Court, via Zoom.
She is accused of setting the fire to the dormitory Sunday, May 21st resulting in the deaths of 18 fellow students between the ages of 12 to 17 and a five-year-old boy, the son of the Dorm Mother.
Whilst the law prohibits the naming of juvenile accused persons or convicts it allows for persons to be charged with murder if they are older than 14 years.
When the matter resumes on July 5, it will be for statement and disclosure. The teenager is reportedly being represented by a battery of lawyers.
The dormitory housed female students from Mahdia, Campbelltown, Micobie, El Paso and several other villages in the North Pakaraimas in Region 8.
The 15-year-old has been remanded to the Juvenile Holding Centre in Georgetown.