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Fire trial to start next month

A woman accused of killing five members of the same family in a fire at their home in Prestatyn will face trial next month. Melanie Jane Smith appeared today at Caernarfon Crown Court via video link.

The 43 year old has previously pleaded not guilty to the murders of Liam Timbrell, his partner Lee-Anna Shiers, their 15 month old son Charlie, and Lee-Anna’s niece and nephew, Skye and Bailey Allen, two and four.

All five died in the fire at their flat in Maes y Groes, Prestatyn on October 19.

During today's 13-minute hearing it was announced that a three-week trial is due to begin at Mold crown court on April 10.