Man sentenced to twenty years for manslaughter after setting fire to a family home

09/11/2017

A man who killed a father and his young daughter after setting their home alight to cover up a burglary has been sentenced to twenty years today.

Daniel Jones set fire to a house in Stanley, West Yorkshire in the early hours of 19 October 2016, killing 42-year-old Andrew Broadhead and his eight-year-old daughter Keira who were unable to escape. His motive was to destroy CCTV footage which he thought might contain evidence of a burglary he had earlier committed at a nearby property.

Mr Broadhead's wife and elder daughter managed to escape the blaze, which took fierce hold after Jones poured petrol through the letterbox and set it alight.

Following trial at Leeds Crown Court, Jones was found guilty of two charges of manslaughter and one count of burglary. He has been sentenced to 20 years in custody.

Jonathan Sharp from the CPS said: "In an attempt to destroy evidence of a burglary, Daniel Jones burned down a family home and killed a little girl and her father.

"This was an appalling crime, and the consequences have caused Mr Broadhead’s surviving family unimaginable suffering.

"The police conducted a wide-ranging investigation. We were able to present CCTV to the court which showed Jones buying petrol far from his home address, then arriving at the Broadheads' home and setting fire to it. Tracker evidence from his van was found to confirm his movements that night, and his lies to the police strengthened the case against him.

"Having heard all the evidence, the jury convicted Jones and he has today been sentenced to 20 years in custody. I hope the convictions are of some comfort to the Broadhead family and our thoughts remain with them."

Notes

  • Jonathan Sharp is Principal Crown Advocate, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside