Beaten student seeking compensation

The 15-year-old Lester Vaughan schoolgirl who was the victim of a violent beating at the hands of her schoolmates earlier this month is seeking compensation for her injuries.

Attorney-at-law Verla Depeiza made the disclosure Monday as a fourth student appeared in court charged in connection with the incident that was recorded and went viral on social media.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon just outside the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court where the first three accused also made their second appearance, Depeiza explained that she was attending the proceedings for the purpose of a “watch and brief”.

“My client is seeking compensation for her injuries. The reason for the watch and brief is because we did not know who the persons were . . . and that is why we are here. With a watch and brief you are not actually taking part in the proceedings,” she explained.

The newly charged student, a 13-year-old girl, is accused of assaulting Depeiza’s client, occasioning her actual bodily harm. She denied the charge when she appeared before Magistrates Ian Weekes in a hearing that began around 11:43 a.m. and was completed just after 12:30 p.m. She was represented by attorneys-at-law Danielle Mottley and Shadia Simpson.

Unlike at last Thursday’s court appearance, the other accused were all represented by attorneys.

The 15-year-old girl who pleaded not guilty to the offence on her first time before the court had a change of heart Monday and admitted to her involvement.

That confession resulted in the teen, who was represented by attorney Santia Bradshaw, being remanded to the Government Industrial School until June 1.

The other two, who had pleaded guilty and were remanded for the weekend, have been released on bail.

The 14-year-old male student, who is now represented by legal counsel Angella Mitchell-Gittens, was granted $500 bail after spending four nights at the Government Industrial School, while 16-year-old Kaviah Berrie-Smith who was remanded to HMP Dodds was granted bail in the sum of $1,500. She too was represented by Mitchell-Gittens in association with Simpson.

Despite the latest developments, Depeiza made it clear that there was “no satisfaction” to be derived from the students facing the court for their actions.

“It is hard to speak about satisfaction when you are talking about children. My client is a child; satisfaction is not what you would expect. Nobody is going to feel good that anyone is going to be remanded, no one is going to feel satisfied when someone is being sent to prison. There is no feeling of satisfaction that comes with that,” she insisted.

The video of her client’s ordeal had evoked the ire of members of the public, as the girl was seen being chased by an angry mob –– some of whom could be heard hurling expletives –– before falling to the ground and being kicked repeatedly in the head by some of her peers. The attack allegedly followed an argument over a $15 bottle of hair spritz.

The case, which is being prosecuted by Sergeant Derwin Thompson, got even less attention Monday than it did last Thursday, with just a handful of onlookers turning up on this occasion.

All four students are scheduled to return to the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

42 Responses to Beaten student seeking compensation

  1. Michelle Bovell May 30, 2017 at 12:23 am

    The case is not about the attention of onlookers, its about justice being served. I support you 100% Ms. Depeiza, compensation is the way to go, anything else is secondary.

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  2. Michelle Debbie
    Michelle Debbie May 30, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Thank you Ms. Depeiza…I hope the first entity targeted is the Ministry of Education for its failure to protect and control…then the parents of every last one of those minors that are assuming that pleading guilty will warrant them some type of favour. I see no benefit in a criminal trial, financial compensation is what this young lady needs now as the victim and for her future physical and emotional pain and suffering.

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    • Patrina Drakes
      Patrina Drakes May 30, 2017 at 2:55 am

      What was the ministry to do? The attact happen off of school grounds.

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    • Juliet Weekes
      Juliet Weekes May 30, 2017 at 5:43 am

      1st video shows it n school yard

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    • Kimberley Cadogan
      Kimberley Cadogan May 30, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Juliet Weekes that is a different incident with different students

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    • Juliet Weekes
      Juliet Weekes May 30, 2017 at 6:05 am

      Thnks fa enlightening me Kimberley Cadogan

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    • Rosanna Forde
      Rosanna Forde May 30, 2017 at 6:09 am

      As long as you are in uniform u still belong to the school

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  3. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith May 30, 2017 at 5:07 am

    I agree with Ms Depeiza

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  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 30, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Go for a solid compensation, wake up these bullies.

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  5. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens May 30, 2017 at 5:30 am

    The Ministry??????

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  6. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett May 30, 2017 at 5:42 am

    These unruly thugs behavior starts at home,where parents fail to act,and it’s manifested and acted out in schools …make them pay heavy’compensation and hurt the parents pockets.a strong wake up message need to be sent to the other bullies/ criminals in waiting

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    • Coleen Phillips
      Coleen Phillips May 30, 2017 at 6:08 am

      Totally agreed 100% send a strong message once and for all.stop the bullying in schools

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  7. Marlin Greaves
    Marlin Greaves May 30, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Action is what we needed talking done awake from sleeping we parents and demand our authority in our homes are not on outside our pockets will speak for us we need all medical cover for lease five years and then for body harm and disrespecting her in public and on social media about 50,000, that a start at the bullies.

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  8. Coleen Scott-Connell
    Coleen Scott-Connell May 30, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Good!

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  9. Vonetta Freeman
    Vonetta Freeman May 30, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Now wunna talking. About time

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  10. Adina Isalene
    Adina Isalene May 30, 2017 at 6:29 am

    she deserve to have it no buts no maybes.

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  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 30, 2017 at 6:29 am

    What you mean beaten student seeking compensation? Student will receive Compensation for injury, stress caused, medical bills, cost of hair products included in the settlement figure and handed forthwith to the (thugs, hooligans, vagabonds whatever you you want to to call them) parents to pay. Make an example of them.

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  12. Lennox hewitt May 30, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I all so agree with miss Depeiza go for compensation make them borrow nuff money dum playing dum bullies ?

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  13. Marcia Addison Gilkes May 30, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I agree with the student going for compensation, nothing can repaire the damage which were done to the student, it is about time bullying stop in school, also wake up our parents about discipline our kids from a small age.

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  14. Margaret, Scotland May 30, 2017 at 7:36 am

    It’s good to see these bullies being made an example of. Too many children here in Scotland taking their own lives due to bullying, just wish we could do the same. it’s the untold damage, whether physical or mental abuse, that has to stay with the victims for the rest of their lives while the perpetrators carry on life as normal.

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  15. Alex Alleyne May 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I totally agree with the parents of the injured girl to get the services of Ms. Depeiza. Make sure you hurt those parents where it hurt most, “in their pocket book”.
    In doing so it will send a strong message to let one and all know that such action come with consequences.

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  16. Susan Sargeant May 30, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I agree make the bullies parents pay. They need to put a ztop to dis bullying act. How many more children wud have to die???? I remember dat Garrison boy who lost his life n i kno his parents r still hurting. But we must also remember charity begins at home, we as parents need to keep our foot down n be as sturn as can be in raising our children. Teach dem what our parents thought us wen we were kids our selves. We need to send a strong message across to put an end to dis.

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  17. Francena Cumberbatch May 30, 2017 at 9:54 am

    in total agreement….those demon need to know what they dis to that girl was so wrong….now their parents have to go and borrow money now from the whole district to pay….no sent them to prison and make examples of them for the others to see what the consequences will be when they get on like animals…

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  18. Karan Alleyne May 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Those “Bullies” Should spend more time a few days Stupes!! That’s nothing but a Pat on de back to me $500- $1,500 Bail .. Nooo Way!! The MINISTRY SILENT, PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS SILENT…. WHAT A DISGRACE TO THE EDUCATION THERE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS NEED TO BE TAUGHT A SERIOUS LESSON. That Girl could have been Disable or worst Dead. They walking bout free!! Sadly it shows I am POSITIVE HAD THE CHILD BEATEN FROM AFFLUENT FAMILY THE MINISTRY, MINISTER PRINCIPAL AND TEACHER WOULD ALL BE UNZIPPING THEIR MOUTHS but in this case they SILENT.. .. PUNISH THEM SERIOUSLY LET THE OTHER SCHOOL BULLIES GET THE MESSAGE THAT MUMMY AND DADDY CAN’T SAVE YOU PUT LAW IN PLACE TO PROTECT AND PROSECUTE .. I Still remembering the KICKS TO HER Head ESPECIALLY THE KICK THAT MADE HER LIMP and UNCONSCIOUS. TO ALL Those dealing with this matter think of YOUR CHILDREN OR FAMILY IN SUCH A SITUATION YOU WON’T LIKE THAT AT ALL IF
    SERIOUS PUNISHMENT IS NOT METTED OUT TO THOSE CHILDREN… We Will be seeing next Time DEATH
    NOTE: NO DEATH PENALTY HERE PARENTS AND FAMILY WILL RETALIATE.

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  19. Phillips May 30, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Yes, they will now have a new friend called credit union…
    They happy to lend y’all all wunna want. Wunna gine have a very poor Christmas…

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  20. joan Worrell May 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Ms. Depeiza, you have spoken like a true Christian, a mother and a legal representative of good judgement for the victim. I share your views. Let’s hope that there is no conviction.

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    • Celly May 30, 2017 at 11:35 am

      If there is no conviction, what would have been the point? A conviction does not necessarily mean jail time but I believe these attackers should face some kind of jail time. Suppose that child had died or had been maimed permanently? There should be some serious consequences for this very serious attack.

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  21. JayCee May 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

    It is called a “watching brief”, not a “watch AND brief”. Perhaps typically Bajan though. Laugh AND sport became “laughing sport” in our lingo.

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  22. Milli Watt May 30, 2017 at 11:36 am

    no convictions………..lawyer is a politician and playing to situation down de road. I expect convictions for this crowd and more to follow cause dis count still to low RBPF and we watching close. @ Joan you need to make your body available for the next beat down so you can tell de criminals that do it they are free to go.

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  23. Bobo May 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Ref To Ms Depeiza–Democracy Laws–The local Government has the rights to protect each citizen–failing so– the victim has the rights to sue the Government (underage age children) included the parents ..

    Ms Depeiza–”Compensation” the way to go –Time Barbados and its citizens wake up and face the consequences–What if this young child was killed or physical lame–instead she is mentally lame if she don’t get psycho-therapy-

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  24. Carson C Cadogan May 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    RUBBISH

    This is a criminal matter, one for the Magistrate to settle. Barbados’ laws were broken and a citizen of Barbados was seriously injured.

    The miscreants who caused the injury and broke the law must be sent to jail for 5 years.

    What are we doing here? Encouraging law breaking by telling perpetrators that no matter what crime you commit all you have to do is pay a few dollars and everything is honky dory?

    This is not up to the parents of this child this is a matter for the state and the Magistrate to decide, a strong message must be sent to these hooligans that such acts will not be tolerated.

    Nothing but jail time will do.
    srong message must be sent to these hooligans and nothing but jail time will do.

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  25. louis walker May 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Inspite of any compensation awarded by the courts,before these students are allowed to resume their studies,they should be made to stand before their assembled school and apologise to the victim of their brutal assault,for bringing their school into disrepute and to strongly condemn all forms of violence.
    This I hope will bring closure to a most disturbing case of teen-age violence.

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  26. joan Worrell May 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    No Carson, can’t believe you posted that comment. Did you have an E.S.A.F White before typing? At 16 years old, how many of us thought rationally? I don’t know if you had a sheltered boyhood but I can tell you that all the boys in my neighbourhood and girls to a lesser extent committed criminal acts but we got away with murder. Have you ever trespassed on your neighbour’s property and removed mangoes from his/her tree without her permission. If the answer is in the affirmative, then you were a little thief. You aren’t alone, I am guilty of a similar offence but don’t have a conviction. The boys knocked down the mangoes and the girls collected them in the bottom of their dresses Have you ever entered a cane field, broken canes and sucked them? If the answer is in the affirmative, you were a little thief. Have you ever hit your neighbour’s dog with a pebble, discharged from a catapult (gutta-perk) ? That was cruelty to animals, with a fine and a conviction. Added to that, you could have gotten a conviction for being in possession of a ”gutta perk” in those days. I am sure you are over 50 like I. Riding bicycles without lights resulted in arrests and confiscation of the bicycle until your parents arrived at the police station. It was left to the sergeant to press charges. Man, we all did foolish things as youngsters.

    Now that you are a man and a father, have you forgotten your past? Are you sure that your children have never committed criminal offences which have not been reported to the police for one reason or another? You may be an exception but I don’t know of any other parent who would rejoice at his/her 16-year old child being sentenced to 5 years in jail for beating another child..

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  27. joan Worrell May 30, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Louis Walker

    Great post!!

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  28. Ta-shasher May 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I’m sorry but they should go to prison they committed a serious crime. It’s not about the fact that they’re only kids because those same kids had no problem running her down to beat and kick her like if she was some animal. I agree it’s rough and tough from both sides but how would any of us feel seeing our child basically being ran down to be killed because truth be told that’s more than bodily harm that’s attempting murder. We need to do better as a society and as parents, these kids some of them get no love and care at home, some are being abused so what do we expect. We can di better.

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  29. heather May 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    What will be the final outcome, will these four children be allowed back in the school system. When is the Principal going to speak.

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  30. E, May 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    We do not know what is going to happen to her for the balance of her life so I agree she need to get compensation make the parents pay thank god she is alive

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  31. Sharon Baird May 31, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I don’t think cellphone​ should be banned but the should only be used after school, because if it was not for the cellphone we wouldn’t have know about the beating or get the results we are getting today. Cellphone did beat her is dumm bullies did and the got caught. Thank God for cellphone

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  32. Solange May 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Wait That lawyer gine after compensation for the school girl
    But why she dont tell her client to pay the $9000 he owe in child support insted she mekking the childmother smell hell saying he cant affird it

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  33. I m Awesome May 31, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Teachers were beaten time and time again and no student was charged. Oh what little attention and support teachers get.

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  34. E May 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    We do not know what is going to happen to her for the balance of her life so I agree she need to get compensation make the parents pay thank god she is alive

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  35. Dee Morgan June 1, 2017 at 5:25 am

    And at the end of it all transfer the bullies to separaye schools.d

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