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.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Source: Ferguson cop beaten before shooting
2
Robert Hansen, notorious Alaska serial killer, dead at 75
3
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy
4
4 firefighters injured in 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
5
Alleged jihadist charged with killing 4 in Washington, N.J.
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback