Trial date set for three people charged with murder after deadly Salford house fire

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THREE people appeared at Manchester Crown Court today for murder charges after a house fire in Walkden claimed the lives of four children.

The case has now been adjourned until March 9, 2018, when a preparation hearing will be held – the trial will formally begin on April 30.

Zac Bolland, 22, of Blackleach Drive, Walkden, and Courtney Brierley, 20, of Worsley Avenue, Little Hulton, have each been charged with four counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with attempt to danger life. David Worrall, 25, of Worsley Avenue, Worsley, faces the same charges after appearing in Manchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

The fire broke out at a terraced house on Jackson Street just before 5am on Monday morning – fire crews were called to tackle the blaze shortly after.

Family

Brandon, Lia, Lacie and Demi Pearson

Three children were pronounced dead at the scene – they have since been named as Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon Pearson, eight, and Lacie Pearson, seven.

A fourth victim, three-year-old Lia Pearson, died on Wednesday afternoon after being rescued from the blaze.

The victims’ mother, Michelle Pearson, 35, remains in hospital having suffered severe burns from the fire.

Two people reportedly escaped the house unharmed.

Michelle

Michelle Pearson

Six people in total were arrested after Monday’s fire – however, three were later released on police bail.

Tributes have continued to flood in for the victims of the blaze.

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