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Daniel Sebastian Allen sentenced at Belfast Crown Court for three counts of murder and one count of manslaughter

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Daniel Sebastian Allen appeared before Belfast Crown Court today, 21 February, having previously pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and one count of manslaughter.

Four people, including a baby girl, died as a result of a fire started by Allen at a house in Derrylin, County Fermanagh, in 2018.

The 33-year-old, who had previously been sentenced to life imprisonment, will serve a minimum of 29 years in prison before being able to apply for release.

Detective Inspector Hazel Miller said: “Three generations – a mother, her two children and her granddaughter – perished in a fire deliberately started by Daniel Allen in their home in Derrylin.  This was on the morning of 27 February 2018.

“The four whose lives were lost were Denise Gosset, aged 45, her 16-year old son Roman, her 19-year-old daughter Sabrina, and Sabrina’s baby daughter Morgana.  Morgana was just 15 months old.

“Allen pleaded guilty to the murder of Sabrina, Roman and Morgana.  He denied the murder of Denise but confessed to her manslaughter, and also admitted to arson with intent to endanger life.

Detective Inspector Miller continued: “This was a horrific and cruel act.  It’s hard to even begin to imagine the panic, fear and sheer suffering.

“I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of our police officers and of colleagues from the Fire Service and the Ambulance Service, who attended this heart-breaking scene and tried so hard to save the family.  I’m also keen to thank neighbours and local people for their selfless support.

She added: “With the use of forensic evidence, and working in partnership with the Public Prosecution Service, Daniel Allen has today been held accountable for his actions.

“I’m deeply mindful, however, that this is an event that will never be forgotten.  We’ve seen destruction and a loss beyond words.  My thoughts are with the remaining family members, whose lives won’t ever be the same.”

Statement from Samantha Gosset (Denise Gosset’s daughter):

Denise was my mother.  She was my rock.

My beautiful mother was taken from me.  My younger brother and sister, Roman and Sabrina, along with Sabrina’s wee baby Morgan are all gone too.  

Their four lives were taken in a fire started deliberately. And it breaks my heart to think on what happened; to think on how they died.

I miss them so much. And, to be honest, it’s very difficult to convey such a loss in words. 

My remaining family and I are incredibly thankful for everything the police, and those who helped bring this to court, have done.

It is hard to move on with our lives, and my life will never be the same again. But the support of everyone, especially my partner and friends, has truly meant such a lot.

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