South Wales family fire murder: Jury retires

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The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering three generations of one family through arson have retired to consider their verdict.

• Jury in murder trial retire to consider verdict

• Carl Mills, 28, accused of setting fire to home of on-off partner Kayleigh Buckley, 17, killing her, the mother and a six-month-old daughter in the process

Grandmother Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh 17, and granddaughter Kimberley, six months, all died when fire ripped through their home in September last year.

Unemployed alcoholic Carl Mills, 28, father of the baby and on-off partner of Kayleigh, allegedly texted his intention to burn down the house and carried it through.

Mills, from Manchester, met the teenager on Facebook when she was 15 and moved to Cwmbran, south Wales, to be with her.

At the time of the fire he was living in a tent in the family’s front garden.

Baby Kimberley, born 13 weeks prematurely, had been allowed home from hospital for the first time on the night of the fire.

Mills is on trial at Newport Crown Court where he denies three counts of murder.

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