Mum spent last months ‘crying herself to sleep’ after arson attack killed kids

A Manchester mum, who lived through the devastating pain of knowing four of her children were murdered in an arson attack, cried herself to sleep for months before she also succumbed to her deadly injuries.

The death of Michelle Pearson's children, Demi, 15, Brandon, 8, Lacie, 7 and three-year-old Lia left an entire nation reeling after the attack in Walkden, Greater Manchester, in December 2017.

Her brother Christopher said when Michelle came round in hospital after the fire she didn't remember anything and her family were forced to tell her that four of her children has been killed, reports the MEN.

She would often ask in hospital "where are my kids" and was left tormented by their deaths.

Christopher said how his sister would cry because she thought she was "ugly and disgusting to look at".

On Wednesday (April 21) Manchester Crown Court heard how Michelle died 20 months after the fire in hospital with debilitating injuries.

Her attackers were finally convicted of her murder and were sentenced to a combined 89 years in relation to her death.

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Zak Bolland, 26, David Worrall, 28, and Bolland's former girlfriend Courtney Brierley, 23, had already been convicted and sentenced in relation to the children's murders when they appeared at crown court in 2018.

On Wednesday their sentences were increased and justice was passed down for Michelle Pearson's murder.

Bolland was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 40 years, while Worrall was handed at least 37 years.

Courtney Brierley was given an additional 12 years for Michelle's death after admitting manslaughter.

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In the early hours of December 11, 2017, Bolland and Worrall threw petrol bombs through the rear kitchen window of the Pearson family home on Jackson Street.

The two killers had grievances with two of Michelle's sons Kyle and Lewis Pearson and there had been rising tensions around the time.

Kyle Pearson and his friend, Bobby Harris, who were staying at the property, managed to escape and Michelle and her daughter Lia were rescued but tragically the three-year-old later died in hospital.

Michelle fell ill after undergoing surgery, and died aged 37, at around 8pm on August 25, 2019 – 20 months after the fire.

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"She looked at me and closed her eyes, and that was the last time she was conscious," Christopher said.

In a statement, the victims' family said: "The sentences that have been given will never be enough, no amount of time will ever be enough, we have lost not only my four beautiful grandchildren but my amazing daughter.

"Michelle and the children filled a massive place in all our hearts and our family will never be the same ever again. We are all utterly heartbroken and forever will be.

"Michelle had so much more to give to this world, and the children had a full life ahead of them."

In court, Mrs Justice McGowan said Michelle "experienced pain and distress which cannot be adequately described or even imagined".

Talking to the Sun Online, her mum Sandra Lever said: "Michelle didn't really want to be with us. I think she wanted to be with the kids for a long while."

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