In the South American country of Guyana, a young girl has been charged with 19 charges of m*rder for allegedly causing a deαdly fire in a school dormitory.
The deαth of 18 primarily Indigenous girls and one 5-year-old child at a school in Mahdia was charged against the 15-year-old pupil as an adult on Monday.
The adolescent appeared by video on Monday before the Diamond Magistrate’s Court in the nation’s capital Georgetown, according to the Guyana Chronicle, a daily newspaper in the country.
At the hearing, she was not forced to enter a plea to the allegations. Still, the judge ordered that the youngster be remanded in custody at a juvenile detention facility until additional procedures could be heard.
As per the Associated Press, her second court appearance is reportedly set for July 5.
Investigations, according to a statement released by the police a week ago, show that the student “is suspected of having set the devastating fire because her [mobile] phone was taken away by the dorm’s mother and a teacher.”
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The allegations come at a time when the nation is still mourning the sad occurrence, which occurred late on the night of May 21 at a boarding school primarily serving students from far-flung Indigenous villages. The tragedy took place at a time when the institution was serving students from distant Indigenous areas.
Over the weekend, more than a dozen kids were hurt in the fire, and one of the injured pupils was taken by helicopter to a hospital in New York City for specialized care in the United States. During the blaze, the suspect also sustained injuries to himself.
According to a statement released by the administration, 13 of the 19 people who d!ed in the fire could not be “visually identified” after the incident. On Friday, the government revealed that DNA testing had been performed to authenticate their identities and that officials would allow the remains to be returned to the victims’ families.
The announcement came after the victims’ relatives petitioned the government to have their loved ones’ remains returned to them.
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The conditions inside the school have become a contentious issue, and the Education Minister of Guyana, Priya Manickchand, has stated that an investigation is being conducted into the school’s alarm system and its efforts to be prepared in the event of a fire.
The National Security Advisor Gerry Gouveia stated that the dorm administration had secured all five doors in the building with keys from the inside. This prevented students from sneaking out of the building at night.
The fire claimed the life of several people, including the dorm administrator’s son, who was only five years old.
In a message published on Facebook by Manickchand on Monday, he stated that members of the victims’ families had suffered due to rumors and speculations that had been spread about the occurrence on other forms of social media.
She pleaded with individuals to refrain from spreading rumors before having all the information at their disposal.
“Hold off on mouthing off on your opinions,” Manickchand stated. “You do not know better than these parents what is good for their children and families.”
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