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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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Murder trial jury told to put emotion to one side

A jury at the trial of a Prestatyn woman, accused of deliberately starting a fire which killed five members of a family, has been told to set aside all emotion and to consider the evidence against her.

The judge at Mold Crown Court, Mr Justice John Griffith-Williams, is summing up at the end of the three-week trial.

"You must consider it objectively and dispassionately and above all, apply common sense", he told the jury.

Melanie Smith, 43, denies five counts of murder and one charge of making threats to cause harm by fire, and the trial continues.

Lee-Anna Shiers, her partner Charlie Timbrell, their 15-month-old son Charlie, and her nephew Bailey Allen, 4, and niece Skye Allen, 2, died in the blaze last October.

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