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Prestatyn fire deaths trial: Jury resumes its deliberations

  • 4-30-2013

The jury in a trial of a woman accused of killing five family members has resumed its deliberations.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her partner Liam Timbrell, 23, died with son Charlie, 15 months, and his cousins Skye, two, and Bailey, four, as a result of a fire at their Prestatyn flat.

Melanie Smith, 43, denies starting the fatal blaze last October.

Mold Crown Court was told the fire was started in a row over a pushchair being left in the shared hallway.

The jury heard accusations during the three-week trial that Ms Smith, who lived in the flat below the family, threatened to burn Ms Shiers' flat.

The fire spread upstairs, trapping the family. Ms Shiers, her niece and nephew died in the fire.

Mr Timbrell and Charlie died later in hospital.

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