Lillo Troisi sentenced over death of woman and unborn baby


A man who started a fire in the hallway of a block of flats which caused the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court today to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for manslaughter and arson.

CPS East of England Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan said: "This is a desperately sad case where a young woman, expecting her first child, died after Lillo Troisi started a fire outside her flat in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend.

 "Mr Troisi was originally charged with the murder of Khabi Abrey, child destruction, arson with intent to endanger life, and arson, which happened on 7 May 2016.

"Before the trial, the defence provided us with a psychiatric report on Mr Troisi and offered pleas to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and arson.

"We reviewed the case in light of the evidence provided by the defence and the offer of pleas was discussed with Mrs Abrey’s husband, Stuart, before it was decided they were acceptable.

"Although the other charges were left on file, at the sentencing hearing on 16 March 2017, we submitted that the death of an unborn child was a factor which should be taken into account when the sentence was considered.

"We also presented our own medical report on Mr Troisi in order to help the court as to whether he should be imprisoned or dealt with under the Mental Health Act.

"Our thoughts are with Mr Abrey who lost his wife and unborn child in such tragic circumstances."