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article imageWoman gaoled for five murders

By Alexander Baron     May 8, 2013 in Crime
Prestatyn - Last October, Melanie Smith started a fire that killed five people. Today she was sentenced, and police have released new pictures of the fire damage.
The conviction of Melanie Smith was reported here earlier this month. Today, she was given the mandatory life sentence with a tariff of thirty years. CCTV was release of Smith walking down the street shortly before she started the fire. Police also released photographs of the torched building - see below.
This was the second trial and fourth conviction in recent weeks for an arson attack that led to multiple deaths. Last month, Mick Philpott and two co-conspirators were convicted of the manslaughter of six of Philpott's children in a fire that was started for reasons of revenge and greed. They did not intend to kill; it remains to be seen if Smith did; she torched the home of her victims over a triviality, one she will have the next thirty and more years to mull over.
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith kil...
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith killed five members of the same family, including a 15 month old baby.
South Wales Police
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith kil...
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith killed five members of the same family, including a 15 month old baby.
South Wales Police
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith kil...
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith killed five members of the same family, including a 15 month old baby.
South Wales Police
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith kil...
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith killed five members of the same family, including a 15 month old baby.
South Wales Police
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