BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AS a result of the fire that destroyed a number of classrooms and the contents therein at the Joshus Obadia Primary School in Molineaux on Friday (Mar. 18), the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is offering a reward of EC$35,000 for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the heinous act.
Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on the day in question, the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services Department in Tabernacle had responded to a report of a fire at the school.
On arrival, the Fire Officers met several classrooms engulfed in flames and the classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade Five and their contents were completely destroyed.
A police statement noted that, today (Mar. 29), Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy visited the scene and expressed his disgust with the matter.
“My visit to the school left me in more shock and dismay than I could imagine. The images I saw before were disheartening, but actually seeing the school was even more difficult. Regardless of the motive, this malicious offence has adversely affected scores of our nation’s youths who deserve to learn in a comfortable environment. We are taking this matter very seriously and will need all the help we can get to solve the case,” Brandy said.
As investigations are ongoing, the police are asking anyone who might have information that could move the investigations to call the Tabernacle Police Station at 465-7227, the nearest police station or the Crime Hotline at 707, where such information could be given anonymously.