North East Wales

Prestatyn fire: Melanie Smith denies five murders

Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith's trial is set to take place in April

A woman has denied murdering five members of the same family who were killed by a fire in a first-floor flat.

Melanie Jane Smith, 43, who lived in the flat below in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court by video link.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her nephew Bailey, four, and niece Skye, two, died at the scene. Her 15-month-old son Charlie and partner Liam Timbrell, 23, were rescued but died later in hospital.

The accused was remanded in custody.

She also denied one count of making a threat to destroy or damage property by threatening to burn down a house in September.

The fire broke out at Maes y Groes, Prestatyn, on 19 October 2012.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC remanded Ms Smith in custody until a pre-trial hearing on 18 March.

Her trial will take place in April on a date to be fixed.

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