A woman who has spent the last 20 months trying to recover from a deadly fire that killed all of her children has lost her fight for life. Michelle Pearson suffered horrific injuries in the fire in December 2017 and had to be told while still in hospital that her four children had died. She made some progress over the last two years, but took a turn for the worse in June and has now died.
Her mother Sandra Lever said: ‘Sadly last night, after a hard 20 months of fighting, our beautiful Michelle gained her wings and went to join her babies.’ Last year Sandra revealed that she had to repeatedly tell her daughter that her children had all died. She said that she kept forgetting and it took six weeks for what had happened to actually sink in. Michelle’s house was set on fire when petrol bombs were thrown into their home in Walkden, Greater Manchester.
It took the lives of daughter Demi, 15, son Brandon, eight, and younger daughters Lacie, seven, and Lia, three, as they slept. Michelle was so ill after suffering 75 per cent burns across her body that she could not go to her children’s funerals.
Michelle paid tribute them from her hospital bed as they were buried in September 2018. She said: ‘First of all, I’d like to thank all the firefighters for what they have done. ‘Second, I would like to thank the community for all their generous donations. And last I would like to thank everybody for coming tonight.’ Zak Bolland was found guilty of murdering the four children and of the attempted murders of others inside the house.
David Worrall was found guilty of the four murders of the children and of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent against the three survivors.
He was cleared of attempting to murder them. Courtney Brierley, Bolland’s partner at the time, was found not guilty of the murders, but found guilty of the alternative of manslaughter in each case. She was cleared of three counts of attempted murder.