NYDN – The 19-year-old woman who was burned in a bizarre NYU dorm charade was so drunk she may have been a part of the twisted episode, the lawyer for the alleged firebug said.
Jaime Castano, 20, set fire to the mattress his friend was sleeping on and eerily crooned as the flames burned around her — filming the ordeal with his cell phone while she woke up to the inferno around 11 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the 80 Lafayette St. dormitory, according to prosecutors.
He later posted footage of it on Snapchat, sources said.
But at his arraignment Tuesday, his attorney, Alyssa Gamliel, argued the woman blacked out the night of the incident and was on a booze binge in the days that followed, according to a court transcript.
“I do not think she knows what happened or her participation in this, nor do I think the People will be able to prove that she was not sort of participating in some of this activity.” Gamliel told the judge.
The attorney suggested that the victim’s torso burns got infected only because she failed to take care of the “minor” injury she had, possibly a result of her “continued behavior of intoxication.”
Castano currently faces up to 25 years in prison on the top count, first-degree assault, for allegedly causing the grave injury.
Wow what an incredible plot twist. Just when you thought it was an open and shut case along comes this NYU bro’s team of lawyers to remind you why the word “allegedly” exists. I mean let me guess, your first thought was this kid was some sort of psychopath sociopath who lit a sleeping girl on fire while singing to her and uploading it to SnapChat. Well yes he did do that but did you even consider that someone might have politely asked for that to be done to them? Didn’t think so. Everyone so quick to judge a book by its cover, never taking the time to see both sides of it. I mean everybody’s got a “drunk thing.” Some people pee the bed, some end up with their pants off, some eat a 20 piece nugget with 2 cheeseburger meal every time they get home (last one is mine). You can’t help it it’s just what drunk version of you insists on doing. If your “drunk thing” is “asking people to light you on fire while softly singing you a lullaby” then that’s just a real fucking bummer but hey, the drunk heart wants what the drunk heart wants.