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A woman convicted in connection with the house fire in Walkden that claimed the lives of four children has today registered an appeal against her sentence.

Courtney Brierley was jailed for four counts of manslaughter earlier this year, after helping two men torch a family home with petrol bombs.

She is currently serving a 21 year sentence at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey.

The house fire took place on the December 11, 2017 and resulted in the deaths of four children. Demi Pearson, 15, Brandon Pearson, eight and Lacie Pearson, seven were pronounced dead at the scene. Their three year old sister Lia later died in hospital from her injuries.

“Their apparently lifeless bodies were recovered by the firefighters who attended and battled their way through the heat, smoke and flames,” Paul Reid QC, prosecutor, told the court at their trial.

Kyle Pearson, 16, was able to escape the fire.

Two men were convicted of four counts of murder in connection to the fire. Zac Bollard, 23, and David Worrall, 26, have not launched any appeal.

The fatal attack was a result of a feud between the victims’ 16 year old brother, Kyle Pearson and Zac Bollard.

Attacks between the two had been escalating, they had previously broken windows at each other’s houses.

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Bollard had also threatened to fire bomb Kyle’s house, previous to the attack, this led Mrs Pearson to call police on November 26 and as a result the fire service fitted a letter box cover.

 

 

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