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No recourse for parents of 14-y-o hacked to death in Trelawny

Published:Tuesday | April 4, 2017 | 4:36 PM
Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says it will be virtually impossible for the parents of 14-year-old Oraine Johnson who was killed in Trelawny yesterday to get recourse given that the alleged perpetrator of the crime is an 11-year-old child.

Under Jamaican laws 11-year-olds cannot be held criminally responsible for their actions.

Their parents also cannot be held responsible.

 

According to reports from residents, Oraine Johnson and the 11-year-old had a verbal altercation shortly after 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

The younger child reportedly went away and returned with a machete, which he used to inflict several chop wounds on Johnson, one of which almost severed his head.

Gordon Harrison says the investigations will now focus on the social and psychological factors that may have influenced the 11-year-old to commit the crime, as well as his family environment.

She says a court will then decide on the appropriate intervention for the child.

 

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison