facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Woman convicted of murder in fire that killed five in Wales

May 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM   |   Comments

MOLD, Wales, May 1 (UPI) -- Melanie Smith, convicted in Wales of starting a fire that killed five people, was vilified by her daughter, who said she hopes her mother dies in jail.

Smith, 43, was found guilty of murder Tuesday in Mold Crown Court for starting a fire in a baby carriage while drunk. The blaze killed five people, ages 23, 20, 4, 2 and 15 months, in the apartment above hers, the British tabloid The Sun reported Wednesday.

Although Smith told the court she would never harm a child, her daughter Charlotte, 23, offered a different story, saying her mother pouring boiling water and extinguishing cigarettes on her when she was a child.

"She's evil. We hope she dies in jail," Charlotte said, a reference to herself and her sister Lisa, 24, and brother Jonathon, 22.

"We could have ended up like those babies she killed. This woman's a monster," Jonathon added.

Smith will be sentenced next week, The Sun said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
2
Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October
3
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
4
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
5
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback