19 counts of murder have been brought against a 15-year-old student at Mahdia Secondary School for girls in Guyana, who is accused of deliberately setting fire to her dormitory. Nineteen people died in the fire, including a five-year-old boy. She is facing life imprisonment.
Down dormitory fire at Mahdia Secondary School occurred on the night of May 21-22. Investigators believe the fire, which killed 19 people, was “maliciously set”, and a 15-year-old schoolgirl, whose name has not been made public, is suspected of starting the devastating fire. “The likely reason is that the teacher took her mobile phone“, officials reported on May 23.
Schoolgirl charged with 19 homicides
A teenager suspected of causing the fire has been placed in a juvenile detention center in Guyana. She was charged with 19 counts of manslaughter during Monday’s remote hearing at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.
The girl will be tried as an adult, ABC News reports. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to life imprisonment. At the next hearing scheduled for July 5, the prosecutors and defense attorneys assigned to the case are to decide whether they are ready to start a preliminary trial.
Dormitory fire in Guyana
The tragedy at the boarding school Mahdia Secondary School in Guyana occurred on the night of May 20-21. When the fire broke out, all exits in the dormitory were closed and there were steel bars on the windows to prevent the children from escaping. When firefighters arrived, they found the entire building engulfed in flames, and it took them three hours to get the fire under control. About 20 girls managed to get out of the flames safely, almost 30 others were hospitalized with varying degrees of injuries. Despite the help provided, 18 students died, and a five-year-old boy also died in the fire.
ABC News, Reuters, TVN24.pl
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