Students yet to know fate

Magistrate orders reports on students who beat schoolmate

Magistrate Ian Weekes has ordered pre-sentencing reports into the lives of three of the four Lester Vaughan Secondary students charged for beating a schoolmate last month.

The order was made when the students, along with their attorneys and parents, made their third appearance before the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court Thursday.

The 15-year-old girl who on Monday changed her not guilty plea to guilty and was remanded to the Government Industrial School, was Thursday released on $500 bail.

Officials from the Probation Department will compile a report on her, as well as her co-accused Kaviah Berrie-Smith, 16, who is currently on $1,500 bail and a 14-year-old boy who is on $500 bail.

A fourth student, a 13-year-old girl, has denied the charge of assaulting the 15-year-old girl on May 17, occasioning actual bodily harm.

They are all due to make their next appearance before the magistrate on August 24 in a case that grabbed national attention when a video went viral showing the victim being chased by an angry mob –– some of whom could be heard hurling expletives –– before she fell to the ground and was kicked repeatedly in the head by some of her peers.

In a separate assault case, a 15-year-old female student from the same school, who had been on remand since last Thursday at the Government Industrial School, was released on $500 bail Thursday.

She is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm of two schoolmates. She pleaded guilty to one charge but denied the other.

The teenager will also reappear before Magistrate Weekes on August 24.

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