Jaime Castano, an expelled student from New York University, is due to defend himself in court in Manhattan. His alleged crime: Setting a sleeping student on fire. He also apparently sang to her while he did it and recorded it on his phone. He then Snapchatted the awful prank – probably thinking it would be funny.
The unnamed victim of this barbaric crime woke up to find burns on her clothes and body in August 2014, with no recollection of what had happened even though at some point, she woke up trying to fight off the fire.
According to Buzzfeed, she later came across the video of it on Snapchat. She reported Castano to NYU and he was expelled in September following an internal investigation.
But it wasn’t until Jan. 19 that NYU reported the case to the police, as per the wishes of the victim who seemingly did not want to go to official authorities at first.
NYU spokesman John Beckman issued a statement saying, “In retrospect, at least when the facts became clear, this case clearly should have been reported to the police, notwithstanding the reluctance of the victim.
“We are conducting a full investigation as to how a different decision was made in this case and clarifying our decision-making process so that cases like this are reported to the police immediately in the future.”
The perpetrator of the insane prank, Costano, is charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment and has a bail that is set at $25,000.