15-year-old boy remanded to GIS after admitting to setting fire to girl’s hair


A 15–year-old schoolboy was today remanded to the Government Industrial School after being charged with assault for setting the hair of a 15-year-old girl on fire.

The teen admitted to the offence when he appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith Bovell in the District ‘F’ Magistrates’ Court.

Police reported Wednesday that the girl was at a bus stop in Horse Hill, St Joseph, with several school mates when the incident occurred.

The girl was focusing on her cellular phone at the time.

The blaze was extinguished by another pupil and no injuries were reported.

The boy will be sentenced on March 9.

10 Responses to 15-year-old boy remanded to GIS after admitting to setting fire to girl’s hair

  1. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias January 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    What a stupid stupid stupid stuuuuupid thing to do. Was it that funny? What about the person taking the video ? It’s time they get charged too. Time to find a way to charge the idiots that encourage this kind of idiocy by filming it. I feel they need to start public flogging . Shame these nincompoops . A good cut ass on a Saturday morning in Independence square.

  2. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield January 19, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Its called For likes and Facebook wars. Way too much time on their hands.
    Do not know of rights and responsibilities. Do not know about actions and consequences. We need to stop focusing on academics and have a heavy dosage of character building and other topics. Parents first and foremost need to take back their children and stop reneging on their duties.

  3. Peter R Rock
    Peter R Rock January 19, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    His parents must be very proud of him

  4. Maeanne Paris January 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    He and his peers need rehabilitation. Group sessions on social responsibility. Don’t blame the parents. Society has a role to play as well. Putting him away with other wrong doers isn’t the answer. This is a new dawn that warrant interventions that can have an impact!

  5. luther thorne January 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    What a sick idea to suggest that the person who recorded the incident be charged too.
    Sick Idea !
    Brilliant idea to suggest PUBLIC FLOGGING as I myself have proposed !

  6. Alex Alleyne January 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Question, what the crown doing to do with him ?.
    “COUNSELLING” , that’s all at that age.
    UNICEF watching.

  7. luther thorne January 20, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Yes Alex Alleyne !
    Punishment as provided by the Law.


  8. Shawn standford January 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I feel it a plan act both by culprit and the one fliming it both should have been charge

  9. Sam Clarke January 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

    There is no need to send this boy to GIS. While kids do stupid stuff, to saddle this young child with criminal record is unwarranted. Yo u have just taken this child out of school routine, and placed him in a criminal atmosphere. Does it solve the the problem? No and NO.
    This child should be home with his parents, and some sort of mediation, and other corrective actions should be applied. What happened to the principal office, and parents meeting to hash this out? It is clear that they are all friends and to alienate this child is worst than his prank.
    Free this child now, and let us get the principle of the school and their parents to mediate this.
    I am sure many of us did stupid pranks, as school children.


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