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Monday, November 28, 2005 - The Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has expressed condolences to the family of an eleven year old boy who passed away at the Boys Training Centre at Massade on Friday November 25th at about 11.30 p.m. Jamal Roberts died following a fire at the Centre where 20 of young boys are being housed, some for care and protection and others who have have committed criminal offences

The quick response of the Fire Services and Police averted any major damage or any additional loss of life. Following the incident the family of the teenager was immediately informed. In addition the senior magistrate was notified according to statutory rules and regulations.

The other wards at the Centre were given grief counselling on Saturday morning. This was followed by a debriefing session for the entire staff on Monday 28th.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security shares the grief of the family of the deceased, and also shares the loss by the other wards and the staff. An autopsy was carried out on Monday 28th and the report and all additional information has been passed on to the police. The areas have been secured while the police are continuing their investigation. The Cabinet of Ministers has instructed that a coroner's inquest be conducted on the incident.

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