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Two men jailed for life over Walkden arson attack that killed four siblings as they slept at home

  • Video report by ITV News Reporter Martha Fairlie

Two men have been given life sentences for a petrol bomb attack which killed four young siblings as they slept in their home.

Zak Bolland, 23, who launched the fatal attack after being involved in a petty feud with the victims’ 17-year-old brother Kyle Pearson, will serve a minimum of 40 years for the murders of four children.

David Worrall, 25, who was accused of removing a fence panel from the garden of Michelle Pearson’s home and smashing a kitchen window before two lit petrol bombs were tossed inside, at around 5am on December 11 last year, will serve a minimum of 37 years for four counts of murder.

Bolland’s girlfriend Courtney Brierley, 20, was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter after flames engulfed the three-bedroom mid-terrace house in Jackson Street, Walkden, Greater Manchester.

She has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Forensic officers at the scene of the fire on Jackson Street in Worsley. Credit: PA

Demi Pearson, 15, her brother Brandon, eight, and seven-year-old sister Lacie, who were sleeping in a front bedroom, all died in the blaze.

Their 36-year-old mother, Michelle, screamed “Not the kids! Not my kids!” before being overcome by the smoke, heat and flames.

She was rescued, severely injured, along with her youngest daughter Lia, aged three, who died in hospital two days later.

  • Michelle's family say that "she did not realise" that her children had died:

Kyle Pearson, who had been feuding with Bolland, managed to escape along with a friend, Bobby Harris, who was also staying at the house.