Carl Mills guilty of Cwmbran fire murders

18/07/2013

A man has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 30 years, for murdering three generations of a family in a fire.

Carl Mills was convicted after a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts to each of three counts of murder, after a trial at Newport Crown Court.

Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh and granddaughter Kimberley died in the blaze in Cwmbran in September 2012.

Speaking outside court Nicola Rees, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"Carl Mills was responsible for starting a devastating fire that had distressing and tragic consequences.

"He did so knowing full well who was in the house at the time - and the evidence of his jealous and controlling nature makes it all too clear what his intentions were.

"Once the fire had taken hold, neighbours and friends of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley Buckley did whatever they could to try and assist at the scene.

"In contrast, Mills himself displayed a callous, almost casual disregard for the wellbeing of those trapped inside the house. His suspicious behaviour at the scene led Gwent Police to quickly apprehend him and their subsequent thorough investigation meant that we were able to build a very strong prosecution case.

"Despite his unwillingness to take responsibility for his actions, today Mills has been made to face up to what he did. But whilst we may welcome today's verdict, we have to acknowledge that it does not and cannot bring back Kim, Kayleigh or Kimberley. Nor does it take away the hurt and suffering of those close to them. Our thoughts are with them."