A WALSALL woman has been found guilty of murdering her husband by setting him alight in bed and causing a serious house fire whilst four of her step-daughters were also in the home.

Georgina Pontes Furtado Vilela was convicted of murder and arson with intent to endanger life at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier today (17 August) following a two week trial.

The jury heard how emergency services were called to a fire at a house on Pleck Road in Walsall at around 5am on 28 March last year.

It had been started in the first floor back bedroom by 47-year-old Georgina, who is believed to have deliberately poured petrol on her 45-year-old husband Carlos, as he lay on the bed.

She then left the property and watched as neighbours and emergency services battled to rescue Carlos and four of his six daughters, aged 13 to 21, who were all trapped inside.

One of the daughters, aged 17 at the time, suffered a broken pelvis and leg after she jumped from the first floor window. The 21-year-old daughter suffered smoke inhalation as well as cuts and bruises, while a 13-year-old girl was rescued by neighbours as she climbed onto a porch roof.

Source and Full Story – West Midlands Police

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