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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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Neighbour guilty of murdering five in Prestatyn fire

Melanie Smith denied five counts of murder, and one charge of making threats to cause harm by fire during her trial

A woman has been found guilty of murdering five members of a family in a flat fire in Prestatyn.

During her trial at Mold Crown Court, Melanie Smith, 43, was said to have been jealous of her upstairs neighbours, and angry at them keeping their baby's pram in the hallway they shared.

The prosecution claimed she deliberately set fire to the pram, starting a blaze which ripped through the building and trapped them, last October.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her partner Liam Timbrell, 23, their 15-month-old son Charlie Timbrell, and Lee-Anna's nephew Bailey Allen, four, and niece Skye Allen, two, were all killed.

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