Eight teenagers accused of causing 1 million dollars in damage at the former Scott Park High School have all been found not guilty.
In his ruling, the judge said he felt that half of the group lied in their testimony but that the Crown hadn’t proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the teens had caused the massive damage that was discovered in May of 2011.
The judge also said the damage to Scott Park was so extensive he believed the vandalism had taken hours or maybe days to cause. However the accused hadn’t been inside the building long when they were found inside by police.
The vandalism included water damage after fire hoses were turned on, causing a waterfall down the central staircase and through halls, causing the front entrance ceiling to collapse.
Lockers, doors and windows were smashed; elevators and escalators were ruined.
None of the teens admitted to participating or seeing their co-accused cause any damage, and police at the scene failed to note if any of them were wet, cut, or had paint on them.
(The Hamilton Spectator)