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Boy, 15, on curfew

By DARCEL CHOY Thursday, March 27 2014

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Boy in court: A relative embraces a boy, whose head is covered with a shirt, after appearing in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday accused...
Boy in court: A relative embraces a boy, whose head is covered with a shirt, after appearing in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday accused...

The 15-year-old boy charged for the unlawful killing of 14-year-old Murchannah Lavia was yesterday granted $90,000 bail, with a 6 pm curfew.

On Thursday last, Lavia was shot in the chest by a relative who was standing nearby playing with a gun. She died while being taken to hospital, and was laid to rest on Tuesday.

The boy, whose name cannot be published because he is a minor, appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court.

He was represented by attorney Allan Meiguel who told the court, in his application for bail, that the boy, a Form 4 student of a Port-of-Spain school, lived in an area that police would call a “hotspot”.

Meiguel said the boy’s father had plans to move his family out of the area, and he was currently accumulating finances to move to a home in Cunupia.

He said the boy has never been in trouble and has a clean slate. Meiguel said he met with the boy three times since he was placed in custody on March 19.

“I’ve been in contact with him three times and from the first to the last, the reality of the situation has come to bear on him. In reality this child is in need of counselling, and the love of his family. Having him incarcerated, I don’t see this could serve any purpose,” he said. Meiguel added the boy also suffered with asthma and a jail environment may not be the right move. Court prosecutor Sgt Timothy told Ayers-Caesar that before the incident the boy missed school for two weeks because he was suspended for disrespecting a teacher and fighting. The attorney said his father visited the school and the issue was sorted out.

In granting bail, Ayers-Caesar gave several conditions including the 6 pm curfew. She said the 15-year-old is also to maintain a regular and punctual attendance at school. She ordered that he report to the West End police station on Mondays and Thursdays between 6 am and 5.30 pm.

Ayers-Caesar admitted that there was need for counselling, and instructed the boy’s parents to take him to the probation officer, “so he could be placed in a meaningful group while we wait to do the matter.”

The matter was adjourned to April 24.

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