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(Barbados Today) Five more female students of the Lester Vaughan Secondary School went before the law court today charged with the May 17 beating of a schoolmate, bringing to nine the number of children facing charges in that incident.

They appeared before Magistrate Ian Weekes in the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court this morning. Three of minors were unrepresented while the other two were represented by attorneys-at-law Shadia Simpson and Sade Williams.

Four of the girls – two 15-year-olds and two 14-year-olds – pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 15-year-old girl, occasioning actual bodily harm.

They were each granted bail in the sum of $500 after prosecutor Sergeant Derwin Thompson lodged no objection to their release. They return to court on August 10.

However, the fifth accused, another 15-year-old girl, admitted to her role in the incident that was recorded and went viral on social media. She was remanded to the Government Industrial School until next Monday, June 12.

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