Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TOT VICTIM OF FIRE 'REVENGE' Killer Faces Life over Arson Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TOT VICTIM OF FIRE 'REVENGE' Killer Faces Life over Arson Tragedy

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AN ARSONIST who killed a three-year-old girl in a revenge attack on her family was facing the prospect of life in jail today.

Toddler Francesca Bimpson was asleep in bed when Graham Heaps, 44, set fire to the home of his former lover's relatives because he was "bitter" over the breakdown of their relationship, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

Francesca suffered 85% burns when she was unable to escape the smoke and flames caused by Heaps putting petrol and a naked flame though the letterbox of her home in Liverpool. She died of her injuries three weeks after the attack last December. Heaps harboured ill feelings towards Francesca's family following the breakdown of his relationship with her aunt, Linda Skelhorne.

Francesca's mother, Eleanor Skelhorne, 37, suffered minor injuries and smoke inhalation and her father, Kieron Bimpson, also 37, suffered leg injuries jumping from a first-floor window.

Francesca's sisters, Anne-Marie, then 17 months, Christina, eight, and 14-year-old brother Kieron, were treated for the effects of smoke. …

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