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Prestatyn arsonist gets 30 years

Melanie Smith has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for murdering five members of a family in a flat fire in Prestatyn.

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Melanie Smith made serious threats, court told

The prosecution put it to Melanie Smith that it would have been the easiest thing in the world for her to set the pushchair outside her flat on fire, before returning to bed.

Ian Murphy QC alleged that Miss Smith was beginning to make serious threats towards her neighbours by mid August last year.

He said the defendant "spoke nastily" to Lee-Anna Shiers about her music being played too loud.

Accused of starting the fire, she replied: "I never ever did it, you'd have to be pretty sick and evil to do a thing like that."

Melanie Smith denies murdering five members of a family, and one charge of making threats to cause harm by fire, and the trial continues.

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