Serious case review into fire deaths

A serious case review has been commissioned into the deaths of three members of the same family in a house fire in Cwmbran. Carl Mills was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Kayleigh Buckley, their daughter Kimberley and Kayleigh's mother Kim.

Serious case review into Cwmbran fire deaths

Kim Buckley, her granddaughter Kimberley and Kayleigh, all died in the fire last September Credit: Gwent Police/family pictures

A serious case review has been commissioned into the deaths of three members of the same family in a house fire in Cwmbran.

Carl Mills has his sentence increased

Carl Mills, 28, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years on Thursday, after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend Kayleigh Buckley, 17, their six-month-old daughter Kimberley, and Kayleigh's mother Kim, 46.

Torfaen Safeguarding Children Board has now commissioned a serious case reviiew to look at what lessons can be learned.

In a statement, the board said: "The focus of the review is to look at the way in which local agencies have worked and what, if any, changes could be made that would improve the work we undertake to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Torfaen.

"Once completed, the findings of the review will be made public through the new regional arrangements delivered by the South East Wales Safeguarding Children Board.”

'Controlling and jealous' boyfriend jailed for life

Carl Mills will spend at least thirty years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of his six-month-old baby daughter, her mother and the baby's grandmother.

The 28-year-old was described as "incredibly controlling and jealous." He set fire to the family's home in Cwmbran on the night his daughter was brought home from hospital last September. Richard Morgan reports.

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Mills jailed for minimum of 30 years

Carl Mills, 28, was found guilty on all three counts of murder Credit: Wales News Service

Carl Mills has been jailed for life for each of the three counts of murder and must serve a minimum of 30 years before he will be considered for parole.

Fire had 'distressing and tragic consequences' - CPS

Carl Mills was responsible for starting a devastating fire that had distressing and tragic consequences. He did so knowing full well who was in the house at the time – and the evidence of his jealous and controlling nature makes it all too clear what his intentions were. Once the fire had taken hold, neighbours and friends of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley Buckley did whatever they could to try and assist at the scene.

In contrast, Mills himself displayed a callous, almost casual disregard for the wellbeing of those trapped inside the house. His suspicious behaviour at the scene led Gwent Police to quickly apprehend him and their subsequent thorough investigation meant that we were able to build a very strong prosecution case.

Despite his unwillingness to take responsibility for his actions, today Mills has been made to face up to what he did. But whilst we may welcome today’s verdict, we have to acknowledge that it does not and cannot bring back Kim, Kayleigh or Kimberley. Nor does it take away the hurt and suffering of those close to them. Our thoughts are with them.

– Nicola Rees, senior crown prosecutor, CPS

Police release custody photo of Carl Mills

Gwent Police have released a photo of Carl Mills in custody after his arrest.

Carl Mills, 28, after his arrest Credit: Gwent Police

The CPS have issued images of the scene after firefighters extinguished the blaze at the Buckley's home in Tillsland, Coed Eva, Cwmbran.

The scene at 15 Tillsland the morning after the fire Credit: CPS
The blaze gutted the home Credit: CPS
Inside the charred shell of the Buckley's home Credit: CPS
The roof rafters were left charred by the blaze Credit: CPS
Carl Mills slept outside the Buckley's home in a tent Credit: CPS

Doves released in memory of three victims

The family of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley Buckley release doves outside court Credit: ITV News/Richard Morgan

Following the sentencing, the family of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley Buckley released a dove for each of them and balloons outside Newport Crown Court.

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Family feel 'justice has been served'

The family of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley Buckley say they feel justice has been served after Carl Mills was jailed for life for their murders.

Today we feel justice has been served. Carl Mills starts a life sentence for 3 murders but for us, the family and friends of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley, our life sentence started on the 18th of September last year when three beautiful innocent people were torn from our lives.Our lives are never going to be the same again but we ask to be left in peace to come to terms with our losses.

We would also like thank the Police, CPS, Fire Service and everyone who helped bring this case to court and convict Carl Mills.

– Family statement from Kim Buckley's son Shaun Harris

Detective Superintendent Peter Jones, who led the investigation into the murders, thanked the wider Coed Eva community for their support.

I would like to thank the family of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley for the patience and dignity they have shown throughout the investigation and subsequent court case at what has been a devastating time for them. Our thoughts remain with them and our specialist officers continue to offer support.

I would also like to thank the wider community of Coed Eva who have supported both the family and the police investigation throughout, I have no doubt the impact of this tragedy will continue to be felt widely amongst all of those living in the area.

The investigation team worked tirelessly to bring all of the incriminating evidence to court and today we have seen Carl Mills brought to justice for the horrific crimes he committed.

– Detective Superintendent Peter Jones, Gwent Police

Man guilty of three counts of murder

Carl Mills, 28, has been found guilty of three counts of murder Credit: Wales News Service

Carl Mills, 28, has been found guilty of killing three generations of one family in a fire in Cwmbran. Kim Buckley, 46, her 17-year-old daughter Kayleigh, and six-month-old granddaughter Kimberley, all died in the blaze last September.

Mills was Kayleigh's boyfriend and the father of baby Kimberley.

Kim Buckley, her granddaughter Kimberley and daughter Kayleigh, all died in the blaze Credit: Gwent Police/family photo

Jury out in Cwmbran fire murder trial

Carl Mills
Carl Mills is standing trial at Newport Crown Court Credit: Wales News

The jury in the trial of Carl Mills will continue to deliberate today. He's accused of killing three generations of the same family by setting fire to their house in in Cwmbran.

His girlfriend Kayleigh Buckley, her mother Kim, and baby daughter Kimberley, all died in the blaze last September.

Carl Mills denies all the charges.

Cwmbran murder trial: Jury sent home for night

The fire broke out at the family home in September last year.

A jury in the case of a father accused of murdering three generations of the same family in a house fire has been sent home for the night.

Grandmother Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh 17, and granddaughter Kimberley, six months, all died when fire ripped through their home in September last year.

Carl Mills, 28, father of the baby and on-off partner of Kayleigh, denies three murder charges

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