Zak Bolland of Blackleach Drive, Worsley, and David Worrall of Worsley Avenue, Worsley, have today, (Wednesday 21 April 2021), been jailed for a combined 77 years after they were found guilty of the murder 37-year-old Michelle Pearson who was left in hospital in intensive care until March 2019 following a fire at her home which also killed four of her children. Courtney Brierley of Worsley Avenue, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Michelle Pearson and was today sentenced to 12 years in jail.
Eight-year-old Brandon Pearson, 15-year-old Demi Pearson and seven-year-old Lacie Pearson were sadly killed in the fire on Monday 11 December 2017 after police were called shortly before 05.00 to a report of a house fire on Jackson Street in Walkden. Three-year-old Lia was also in the fire and died in hospital two days later.
On arrival to the incident, officers were confronted by a ferocious house fire which left firefighters battling to get the fire under control to rescue those inside.
Bolland and Worrall were jailed for life after they were found guilty of the murder of the children back in 2018. Bolland was also found guilty of the attempted murder of their mum, Michelle Pearson, and their 16-year-old brother Kyle Pearson and his 16-year-old friend.
Bolland was sentenced to 40 years and Worrall was sentenced to 37 years at Manchester Crown Square Court today after being found guilty of murder. Brierley was sentenced to 12 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Michelle received extensive treatment for her horrific injuries and was told about the deaths of four of her six children whilst in hospital. Sadly, she died on 25 August 2019.