The teenage school girl who reportedly started the fire in the Mahdia School dormitory that went out of control and killed 19 children will face murder charges.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has recommended that she faces the 19 murder charges for the deaths of the 18 girls and a young boy in the fire.
Over the weekend, the results from DNA tests were received by the authorities, positively identifying the remains of 19 of the victims who were burnt beyond recognition. Families have started to bury their loved ones.
Both the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Fire Service in their investigations found that the fire was maliciously set while many of the students were asleep last Sunday night. The fire swept through the heavily grilled facility, trapping many of the students.
Some students were rescued by the caretaker and nearby residents and the Fire Service. A number of those who were rescued remain hospitalised. One critically ill patient has since been flown out to the United States for specialised emergency care.
It is believed that the suspect started the fire in protest of her phone being taken away by the caretaker at the facility.
The suspect’s identity has not been revealed since she is a minor.