Three charged over death of mum and children in house blaze in Manchester


Three people have been charged over the death of a woman 20 months after four of her children died in a house fire.

Michelle Pearson, 37, escaped the blaze at her home in Walkden, Greater Manchester, which killed her children Demi 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia aged three in December 2017.

Mrs Pearson suffered 75 per cent burns in the fire, and was placed in a coma for several months after the blaze, the Manchester Evening News reported.

However, she never fully recovered from her injuries.

She died in hospital on August 25 last year.

Greater Manchester Police said Zak Bolland, 26, and David Worrall, 28, have been charged with the murder of Mrs Pearson, while Courtney Brierley, 23, is accused of manslaughter.

All three will appear before before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on September 15.