Melanie Jane Smith In Court Over Fire Deaths Of Lee-Anna Shiers And Four Members Of Her Family

The case of a woman accused of murdering five members of the same family who died in a fire at their home was today due before a court.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her four-year-old nephew Bailey and two-year-old niece Skye died in the blaze at their home in North Wales on October 19.

Firefighters rescued Ms Shiers's 15-month-old son Charlie and his father Liam Timbrell, 23, from their first floor flat, but they both died in hospital.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, who was one of the five victims killed in the house fire

Melanie Jane Smith, 42, who lived in the flat below the victims at Maes y Groes, Prestatyn, is charged with five counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and threats to commit criminal damage.

She will appear before Caernarfon Crown Court by video-link today, when she is expected to enter her pleas.

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