Three To Be Sentenced Over Derbyshire Flat Fire Murders

12 February 2016, 07:50 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A father and his sons are to be sentenced after their convictions for murdering two teenagers and a six-month-old baby in a flat fire.

Peter Eyre, 44, and 22-year-old Anthony Eyre along with Simon Eyre, 24, were found guilty on Thursday of setting a deadly blaze in Langley Mill in Derbyshire, after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

The fire claimed the lives of 17-year-old Amy Smith, her baby daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt and friend Edward Green, also 17.

Her partner and the baby's father 18-year-old Shaun Gaunt and another man were rescued from the flat.

A jury heard how the Eyres had deliberately started the fire using petrol poured by the flat's only exit in the early hours of June 21, last year.

It followed a dispute with Mr Gaunt over a stolen moped.

Mrs Justice Sue Carr QC will sentence the three men who are facing mandatory life terms.

After the verdicts were read out, Amy's mum Melanie Hawkins also appealed for the judge to hand them tough sentences: