Man de­nies start­ing fire which killed girl and fa­ther

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A MAN has de­nied start­ing a fire at a house in Wake­field in which a fa­ther and daugh­ter died.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence to­day at Leeds Crown Court, Daniel Jones was asked by his bar­ris­ter Jamie Hill, QC “Did you set fire to Num­ber 55 Ash Cres­cent?” Jones replied: “No, not at all.” The pros­e­cu­tion claim Jones used petrol to start the blaze in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 19 last year to de­stroy CCTV footage which might in­crim­i­nate him for an al­leged bur­glary at an­other house in the street where a safe was stolen.

An­drew Broad­head, 42, and his eight-year-old daugh­ter Kiera died in the fire.

His wife Sara and their other daugh­ter Mia man­aged to es­cape.

Jones told the jury he was not re­spon­si­ble for steal­ing the safe in the bur­glary across the road from the Broad­head’s home.

“I had no in­volve­ment,” he said. He said he did not know who had taken it.

He ac­cepted he had some fi­nan­cial is­sues, say­ing that he had not re­ceived some wages he was owed from a pre­vi­ous job.

He also ac­cepted he was ad­dicted to gam­bling, hav­ing started with foot­ball bets be­fore pro­gress­ing to play­ing roulette ma­chines, but de­nied that led him to steal the safe.

It had been taken from the home of a friend of his on Oc­to­ber 16.

Jones told the jury that friend had told him he had tried to get hold of the CCTV from the Broad­head’s home op­po­site but they were away on hol­i­day.

The jury has heard the fam­ily had only ar­rived home from hol­i­day in Malaga the af­ter­noon be­fore the fa­tal fire.

Jones, 29 of Spawd Bone Lane, Knot­tin­g­ley, de­nies two charges of mur­der, al­ter­na­tive charges of man­slaugh­ter and bur­glary.

Jones ad­mit­ted that he had made in­ter­net searches for mas­sage par­lours hours af­ter the fire.

He ac­cepted that he went to Win­stons mas­sage par­lour, on Dews­bury Road, in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 19.

Jones told the court: “I went to Win­stons on that night at that time be­cause I did not want to gam­ble a load of money that I had been paid the pre­vi­ous evening and I had time to kill.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

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