Thursday 2 July, 2020

Teenagers set for court appearance on JUTC bus-stoning charges

The two teenage boys from two of the Corporate Area’s more prominent high schools who were alleged caught on Wednesday stoning buses belonging to the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew, are booked to appear in court on December 15.

The date was indicated by Cecil Thoms, Communications Manager at the JUTC, on Friday.

The fourth form students who are from the Marverly community along Washington Boulevard, are said to be facing several charges, including malicious destruction of property and wounding.

According to Thoms, a number of passengers have been injured during the stoning incidents that have been plaguing the bus company for months.

In the case of the two boys, Thoms told Loop News that several JUTC drivers have identified them as having been involved in the stoning of the company’s buses from as far back as June-July this year.  He said they were nabbed some two weeks after a plan was put in place to apprehend them.

Thoms said the JUTC is facing “an unprecedented level” of damage to its buses by persons throwing stones at the units. He said the bus company has recorded more than 90 cases of stoning by vandals since the start of the year, when compared to 28 such instances in 2016.

“In many cases people are injured,” Thoms indicated.

Apart from Washington Boulevard, he said the bus company faces a similar threat of stoning near Harbour View in the vicinity of Donald Quarrie High School.

The company spokesman said damage to JUTC buses runs into millions of dollars.

The company has resorted to collaborating with Crime Stop to nab persons involved in the stoning of the buses, with a reward of $100,000 being offered for information leading to the arrest of those involved.

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