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Sandra Clarke sentenced over Deptford flats blaze

Fire at Marine Tower
Image caption Up to 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at Marine Tower

A woman has been sentenced for manslaughter after two people died in a fire at a block of flats she lived in.

Santhirapathy Tharmalingam, 59 and Kunaliny Alagaratnam, 42, died in the blaze at the top floor of the 16-storey Marine Tower in Deptford.

Sandra Clarke, 50, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to 16 years. She must serve a minimum of six years and eight months.

Fifty firefighters tackled the blaze in Abinger Grove on 2 December last year.

A separate charge of arson remains on her file.

Ms Alagaratnam also lived at the flats while Ms Tharmalingam was visiting.

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