Guyana dorm fire: Teen girl charged with 19 counts of murder remanded

Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Monday adjourned the case against a 15-year-old girl, charged with 19 counts of murder arising from last week's fire at the dormitory of the Mahdia Secondary School.
The teenager, who is also a student of the school, was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge when she appeared at the Diamond Magistrate's Court, via Zoom.
The teenager is accused of setting fire to the dormitory last Monday resulting in the deaths of 18 fellow students between the ages of 12 to 17 and a five-year-old boy.
Guyanese law prohibits the naming of juvenile accused persons or convicts. But it allows for her to be charged with murder since she is older than 14.
When the matter resumes on July 5, it will be for statement and disclosure.
Last Friday, the government said the authorities would release the bodies of 13 of the girls, after it received DNA results matching their names not previously visually identified.

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