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.

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Cwmbran murder trial: Jury considers verdict

Carl Mills denies three charges of murder at Newport Crown Court.

A jury at Newport Crown Court has retired to consider its verdict in the murder trial of Carl Mills.

He's accused of killing three generations of the same family by setting fire to their house in Cwmbran.

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

Carl Mills denies three charges of murder.

  1. Richard Morgan

Cwmbran murder trial hears Mills sent threatening text messages

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

A man accused of killing three generations of the same family by setting fire to their house has described threatening messages he sent beforehand as 'just texting', a court has heard.

Carl Mills is charged with deliberately starting the blaze which killed his girlfriend Kayleigh Buckley, her mother Kim, and baby daughter Kimberley, last September.

The jury heard how, on the evening of the fire, he sent Kayleigh a series of threatening text messages. In one he wrote "I'll burn your house down.", in another: "I hate you. I hope you get...burnt." When asked why he sent these messages, he said "I don't know."

He also said he didn't remember sending some of the texts, and that another threatening message was "just a saying."The court has previously heard that September 17th was the day that baby Kimberley returned home after spending the first six months of her life in hospital.

The prosecution say it was this event which provoked Carl Mills to set the fire. Prosecutor Greg Bull said: "You were overcome with rage and jealousy weren't you?" Carl Mills said "No."Carl Mills denies three charges of murder, and the case continues.

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Cwmbran fire started 'deliberately' in front porch

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

A jury's heard how a fire which killed three generations of the same family raged through their house.

Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh, and grand-daughter Kimberley, died on September 18th last year at their home in Cwmbran.

Andrew Peterson, a fire investigation officer told the court the fire had been started 'deliberately' in the front porch before causing the front door to fail and spreading upstairs in a 'chimney effect', then engulfing the bedrooms and the roof, with flames burning down into the rooms from above.

Asked by prosecuting barrister Greg Bull about the cause of the fire, Mr. Peterson ruled out an electrical fault, saying there was 'no trace' of any electrical wiring or appliances in the front porch.

He also discounted the possibility of a gas leak sparking the fire.

Earlier the jury were shown photos of the house interior taken after the fire, including a lump of molten plastic said to be 'consistent with the remains of a recycling box.'

Carl Mills, Kayleigh's on-off boyfriend and the father of Kimberley, denies three charges of murder, and the case continues.

"Mass fire ball" at Cwmbran house murder trial told

Carl Mills, Kayleigh's 'on-off' boyfriend of the time, denies three murder charges. Credit: Wales News Service.

Fire-fighters were greeted by a 'mass fire ball' in the porch of a house in Cwmbran where the occupants all died, Newport Crown Court has heard.

Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh, and her six month old Grand-daughter Kimberly all perished in the fire in Cwmbran in September last year.

Giving evidence on day four of the trial, Fire Officer Jason Donaldson described 'a very intense fire' underway when he arrived at the scene.

As firefighters attempted to tackle the blaze, Officer Donaldson became aware of a man walking behind him, who he later identified as Carl Mills.

He told the court: "It seemed strange that there was this big fire happening, and he was just walking along." The jury heard that Carl Mill initially told the fire officer that there "were three dogs in the property", before saying there were two adults and a baby inside.

Asked by QC Greg Bull, for the prosecution, whether the defendant showed any signs of emotion, Fire Officer Donaldson said no, and that he "didn't seem very concerned at all."

Carl Mills denies three charges of murder, and the case continues.

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Trial hears Mills threatened to stab girlfriend's mother

A court has heard how a man who's on trial accused of murdering his girlfriend had previously threatened to stab her mother.

Carl Mills is accused of killing his six-month old baby, her mother and grandmother.

They all died in a house fire in Cwmbran.

The jury at Newport Crown Court was also told that the defendant smirked when he saw the house ablaze.

Defendant 'smirked' when house on fire, court told

Carl Mills is pictured arriving for a court hearing in January. He denies three counts of murder. Credit: Wales News Service

Neighbours of the Buckley family in Cwmbran have been giving evidence at Newport Crown Court today.

The court has been told that Carl Mills, who is accused of murdering Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley Buckley, smirked when he saw their house on fire.

The jury has also heard that Kayleigh, 17, was heard screaming from the window of an upstairs room on the night she, her mother and her baby daughter died last September.

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Carl Mills threatened to stab grandmother, court told

A colleague of Kim Buckley, who worked with her at the Primark store in Cwmbran, has told Newport Crown Court that Carl Mills threatened to stab her at her place of work last summer.

He said he didn't think Mr Mills would do it, but told Kim to contact the police.

Carl Mills is accused of murdering three generations of the family by setting fire to their home in Cwmbran last September.

Kim, 46, her daughter Kayleigh, 17, and Kayleigh and Mr Mills' six-month-old daughter Kimberley all died.

He denies three counts of murder, and the trial continues.

Report: Cwmbran fire accused sent threatening messages to girlfriend

A man accused of killing three generations of the same family bombarded his girlfriend with threatening texts, a jury's been told. Carl Mills is accused of killing his six month old daughter - who'd only been released from hospital that day - after being born prematurely.

He's also charged with the murder of her mother and grandmother. Newport Crown Court heard how Carl Mills would get drunk, send abusive messages and make threats. Richard Morgan has been listening to the evidence.

  1. Richard Morgan

Cwmbran fire: Murder trial resumes

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

A man accused of killing three generations of the same family by setting fire to their house bombarded his girlfriend with threatening texts, a jury has heard.

Carl Mills is accused of killing 17 year old Kayleigh Buckley, her Mother Kim, 46, and their daughter Kimberley, who was six months old.

Newport Crown Court was told how Carl Mills 'would go off on one' every six weeks or so, and when drunk would send abusive messages to Kayleigh, 12 years his junior.

Giving evidence, Louise Davey, a friend of Kim Buckley, said Carl Mills' language towards Kayleigh was'awful.'

The court heard that, on one occasion, he threatened to dig up the grave of Angel, Kimberley's twin sister, who was stillborn last March. He also threatened to burn down the house and stab Kayleigh, Kim, and other members of the family.

The jury was also told about threats made towards Kim Buckley, Kayleigh's mother. Regina Pritchard, who worked with Kim, described her as a "happy go lucky, nice person." But, by August last year, things had changed: "She was crying most mornings when she came to work."

Mrs. Pritchard also described an occasion when Carl Mills turned up to work with Kayleigh, and how Kim returned in tears following an exchange. Describing the threats made by Carl Mills, she said he threatened to: "Take her off the face if the earth. Fire her off the earth."

Fire engines were called to The Buckleys' home in Cwmbran in the early hours of September 18th last year, but were unable to save any of the victims. Carl Mills denies three charges of murder. The trialcontinues.

Cwmbran fire: Murder trial underway

The trial of a man charged with murdering three generations of one family by starting a fire in their Cwmbran home, has begun in Newport today.

The prosecution claim that Carl Mills killed his baby daughter, her mother and grandmother in a jealous rage on the day the child came home from hospital for the very first time, as Richard Morgan reports.

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