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Senior judge sets trial date for trial concerning fatal Co Fermanagh fire which claimed four lives

The scene of the fire near Derrylin where four people died. Picture by Mal McCann

A SENIOR judge has set a date for a trial concerning a fatal house fire in Co Fermanagh which claimed the lives of four relatives.

Daniel Sebastian Allen will stand trial next June on charges arising from the February 2018 fire, which engulfed a house on Molly Road, Derrylin.

Denise Gossett (45), her son Roman (16), her daughter Sabrina (19) and Sabrina's 15-month old daughter Morgana perished.

Allen, formerly of Molly Road, Derrylin and who is currently remanded in HMP Maghaberry, was charged with four counts of murder on February 27 2018 and one count of arson with intent to endanger life on the same date.

The 32-year old initially denied all five counts, but in May of this year pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter 'due to a suicide pact.'

Allen admitted unlawfully killing Denise and Sabrina Gossett - but continues to deny the murders of Roman and Sabrina as he claims they were already dead.

The case was listed at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, where defence barrister Ian Turkington told Mr Justice O'Hara several "strands" were still outstanding.

This, he said, included the analysis of a laptop which was salvaged from the fire.

Mr Turkington also informed the Judge he was "confident" the trial would last around two weeks.

Mr Justice O'Hara scheduled the trial to commence on June 5 2023.

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