“A female student is suspected of having set the devastating fire because her cellular phone was taken away by the dorm mother and a teacher,” said Mark Ramotar, Guyana Police’s communications chief in a statement.
Meanwhile, Deutsche Welle reported an unnamed official as saying that the girl had admitted to her crime. The girl suspect also got injured in the blaze and is currently being treated in a hospital. She will be held in Juvenile detention after her recovery.
View of the school dormitory that caught fire and left at least 19 people dead in Mahdia, Guyana on May 22, 2023. At least 19 people, most of them youths, were killed and several injured Sunday in a school dormitory fire in Guyana, the government said in a statement, with the nation’s president calling it a “major disaster”.
Out of the 19 children who died in the blaze, the 19th victim was dorm mother’s own 5-year-old son. 13 of the victims got burnt beyond recognition. Guyana has accepted assistance from USA and other countries to ascertain the identity of such victims through DNA testing by forensic experts.
AP reported that the older man with whom the girl suspect was having an affair, is expected to be charged with statutory rape as the girl was under 16 at the time.
Source- Hindustan Times.
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