Sussex

Crawley fire death: Man denies murder of girl aged six

Dumo Sibanda
Image caption Dumo Sibanda died from smoke inhalation after a fire at her home

A man has denied murdering a six-year-old girl who died following a house fire in West Sussex in 2004.

George Champion Sithole also pleaded not guilty to charges of arson with intent to endanger life and arson being reckless whether life was endangered.

Dumo Sibanda died from smoke inhalation after a fire at her home in Crawley, West Sussex, more than six years ago.

Mr Sithole, 40, of no-fixed abode, was remanded in custody to stand trial at Lewes Crown Court on 31 October.

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

Dumo was taken to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

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