Two Charged For Death Of Three Children In Arson Attack

By / December 13, 2017 / News, Shocking

Two people have been charged after a fire in Manchester left three children under the age of 16 dead.

According to reports so far, three petrol bombs are thought to have been thrown into the house, in Walkden – including one down the chimney.

Emergency services were called to Jackson Street in response to a  house fire. Two 16-year-old boys who were in the house at the time managed to escape the fire as it ripped through the property, before fire crews arrived to put out the blaze.

The arson attack claimed the lives of Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon Pearson, eight, and Lacie Pearson, seven, whilst they slept at 5 am on Monday.

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Their mother and sister aged 3 remain in hospital, in critical conditions.

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Since the fire, police have confirmed there had been ‘earlier incidents’ at the property, and an incident had been reported to them at 2 am.

Greater Manchester Police later arrested three men, aged 23, 20 and 18, and a 20-year-old woman on suspicion of murder.

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Zac Bolland, 23, and Courtney Brierley, 20, are both accused of three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with intent to endanger life.
Since the tragedy it has emerged that the Pearson family had been living under threat, sources have confirmed that the property had been ‘target hardened’ to protect the family.
As investigators dig deeper into the crime scene it is thought that there were three points of attack, the chimney, the front doors and the windows.

Tributes to the family have been pouring in, with mourners paying their respects leaving flowers outside of the house.

Bolland and Brierley both remain in custody and are due to appear on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, in front of the Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.
 

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