Northern Ireland

Derrylin fire: Daniel Allen charged with four murders

Daniel Allen covers his face as he arrives at Enniskillen court, 5 March 2018 Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption Daniel Allen was remanded in custody to reappear by video link on 26 March

A man has appeared in court in Enniskillen charged with murdering four people who were found dead following a fire in County Fermanagh.

Daniel Sebastian Allen, whose address given as Molly Road, Enniskillen, is charged with four counts of murder.

The 27-year-old is also charged with arson with intent to endanger life and criminal damage.

A baby and two teenagers were among those who died in the fire in Derrylin, County Fermanagh, last Tuesday.

Image copyright Mal McCann

Those who died have been named locally as Crystal Gossett, her son, Edward, 16, and her daughter, Diane, 19.

The name of the young child, believed to be 18-months old, is not yet known.

The PSNI has confirmed that formal identifications of the victims have yet to take place.

The court heard that Daniel Allen had been detained in hospital under police guard after the fire.

When asked if he understood the charges, Mr Allen nodded and replied: "Yes".

A detective inspector told the court he could connect him with the charges.

Mr Allen was remanded in custody to reappear by video link on 26 March.

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