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Sentencing Dyson Allen to life, Mr Justice Males said he had no motive to harm the children or anyone in the Smith family.
Dyson Allen has been jailed for life with a minimum term of nine years for killing four siblings in an arson attack in Freckleton.
Allen, 19, had to be helped away by guards as he was taken down to start his sentence.
Sobbing, the killer can barely stand.
A teenager will be sentenced today over the deaths of four siblings from a house fire.
Four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith and their two-year-old brother Jordan were asleep as the blaze took hold in Freckleton, Lancashire, while elder brother Reece, 19, was overcome by fumes as he went upstairs to try to rescue them.
All four died from the effects of smoke inhalation from the blaze on January 7 last year.
In July, Dyson Allen, 19, was convicted of four counts of manslaughter by a jury at Preston Crown Court who found he had set fire to a bedroom wardrobe. He was cleared of the siblings' murders but was told by a judge that he would face "a substantial prison sentence".