A policeman from the Half-Way Tree Police Station has confirmed that a homeless man received serious injuries after he was set ablaze by a group of youngsters in Half-Way Tree last week.
The policeman, who spoke under condition of anonymity, stated that although no one has yet been arrested for the incident, he has a strong feeling who the attackers may be.
"You have some little youth who just come out a night time come make bare mischief. Nuff a dem no homeless but dem idle. When dem nah beat dem, dem take weh dem tings, and now them just set the poor man ablaze. Thankfully him survive," he said.
It is alleged that early last Thursday morning, children poured gasolene on the man and set him ablaze as he slept.
He received injuries to his left arm and side, and right foot. He was rescued by taxi drivers who chased away the youngsters.
As the graphic photograph of the man made the rounds on social media, persons expressed outrage.
"Years ago I was certain these acts would never happen in Jamaica," said TV personality Dahlia Harris.
"We are producing heartless human beings conditioned by the rampant cruel and inhumane behaviour they have seen all around them. Children live what they learn, said social commentator Esther Tyson.
Other persons have stated that something should be done about these 'street children'.
Last week, another homeless man was left nursing injuries to his chest after he was allegedly stoned by a group of boys in the Corporate Area.