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Teenager Who Allegedly Set Mahdia Dorm on Fire to be Charged as Adult

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29th of May, 2023. Guyana, South America. GSA News. Guyana News.

Last updated: May 29, 2023 at 17:08 pm

Cover Photo Shows Persons at a Candlelight Vigil Held in Honor the Victims of the Mahdia Dorms Fire in Georgetown on Tuesday, 23rd of May, 2023.

The teenaged female student of Mahdia Secondary School who is accused of maliciously and intently starting the deadly Mahdia Female Dorms Fire will be charged with murder, according to a Press Release by the Guyana Police Force. The accused, who is over 14 years old, will be charged as an adult for 19 counts of murder.

According to reports, the teenager became enraged after her phone was seized for unbecoming behavior (involvement with an adult male). As such, she vowed revenge and made good on her threat by setting the girls’ dorm on fire around 11 PM on Sunday, 21st of May, 2023 when most people were asleep. According to eyewitness reports, the accused set a mattress on fire and sprayed insecticides into the air to serve as a catalyst for the fire.

The culprit escaped unhurt. Unfortunately, 19 children were trapped in the blaze, and unable to escape, killed by the fire. Many others were severely injured. The gruesome act has left the community of Mahdia, and the country at large, in a state of shock, grief, and disbelief.

The Mahdia Dorms Fire of May 2023 is perhaps the largest recorded mass murder in Guyana’s history since the Jonestown Massacre of November 18, 1978 and the largest loss of human lives in a single event for Guyana since Jonestown.

President Ali has pledged full support for the victims and their families.

Team Guyana, South America extends heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. We further commend the police for their decision to pursue justice for the victims of this terrible tragedy.

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