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Six youths charged for burning homeless man

Police yesterday charged all six male teenagers with unlawful and malicious wounding in relation to the burn wounds received by a man while asleep in a parking lot. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Police yesterday charged all six male teenagers with unlawful and malicious wounding in relation to the burn wounds received by a man while asleep in a parking lot.

The teenagers, ranging in age from 12 to 16 years, were alleged to have thrown inflammable liquid on a man who was sleeping in the parking lot of the old Riteway Supermarket building in Pasea and set him on fire. The Department of Public Prosecution gave the go-ahead for charges to be laid yesterday.

In the incident, the victim received first, second and third degree burns to his right leg and foot before he was assisted by Riteway employees in extinguishing the flames. The incident reportedly took place close to midnight.

Detective Superintendent of Crime Alexis Charles shared his unease with the supervision provided to the six accused especially at that time of night.

“It is troubling enough that teens in this age range could conceive and then carry out such a deliberate, unprovoked attack on a member of their community. It is even more alarming that none of the parental or guidance supervisions, which would likely have preempted such an act, were in place even at these late hours. The time that this incident was reported is a dangerous time for a 12, 14 or even 16-year-old to be on the streets unsupervised and accounted for. The need for greater control and restraint by guardians is obvious,” he said.

All six were granted bail for their appearance at Youth Court on May 15. 2014.

5 Responses to “Six youths charged for burning homeless man”

  • Hmm (15/04/2014, 14:43) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think the PARENTS need to be CHARGED!! This is nonsense. what are these young children doing out their parents house at this TIME!!?? PARENTS home sleeping confortable and kids on the road doing Sh#t!

    I Sure bet if parents were to get charge for the nonsense their kids on the road doing you will see how the parents would start to have more time for their OWN KIDS. SUCH A SHAME!
  • SHAME (15/04/2014, 17:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Charge the parent with neglect or abondoment which ever works I pass in purcel or pasea all he time and see them young boys gathering like them a gang; I not from here but trust me some of these youth aint from here an before they make this territory worst than it is we need to get rid of them if the parents not going do there job. Cause when they get older it would be much worst
    • Yes (18/04/2014, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ shame u from here stop lying look at the way u wrote lol,BTW how u not from here mesh yall is problems but anyhow good idea CHARGE THE PARENTS aswell.
  • Joc (16/04/2014, 13:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree charge the parents as well!!
  • wize up (17/04/2014, 08:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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