12-y-o female student charged with murder
A 12-year-old Grade 6 student of Lowmans Leeward Anglican School was on Monday charged with the murder of 15-year-old Moesha Primus, who died Thursday night after being stabbed in the left side of her chest.
Primus, a Form 2 student at Intermediate High School in Kingstown, sustained a stab wound to the left side of her chest during an altercation at Campden Park around 5 p.m. on Thursday, police say.
She was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m.
The accused student, whose name is not being released because of her age, appeared before the Family Court, where the charge was read to her in the presence of her mother and father.
She was not required to plead to the indictable offence, and a preliminary inquiry has been set for Sept. 11.
The student is being represented by lawyers Samantha Robertson, Israel Bruce, and Mikhail Charles.
I-Witness News understands that the lawyers will re-appear in court on Friday, where they will seek bail for the girl.
Sources say that the legal team is concerned about the “accommodation” of the child, who is said to have been held in a windowless room at the Criminal Investigation Department in Kingstown since she was taken into police custody Thursday night.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines does not have a facility dedicated to the detention of minor charged with criminal offences.
The lawyers are said to have raised with members of the Police Force concerns about whether the conditions in which the student was being kept were humane.
A well-placed source told I-Witness News that a legal determination could be made soon about where the child should stay while the matter goes through the nation’s courts.
I-Witness News understands that placing the child in the “regular prison” will violate her rights under international conventions to which St. Vincent and the Grenadines is signatory.