Sussex

Man accused of Dumo Sibanda's Crawley fire murder

Dumo Sibanda
Image caption Dumo Sibanda died after inhaling smoke

A man accused of the murder of a six-year-old girl who was killed in a fire in 2004 has been remanded in custody.

Dumo Sibanda died from the effects of breathing in smoke after the fire at her home in Crawley, West Sussex.

George Champion Sithole is also charged with arson with intent to endanger life and with arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Mr Sithole, 41, was ordered by Crawley magistrates to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 1 April.

Other members of Dumo's family escaped from the blaze in Banks Road, Pound Hill, on 26 October, but she was found inside the house.

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