‘Tea light’ wax on teenager’s jeans

Four siblings died in the fire at Lytham Road in Freckleton.
Four siblings died in the fire at Lytham Road in Freckleton.
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A pair of wax-splattered jeans discovered in the aftermath of a blaze that killed four siblings belonged to the man accused of starting it, a jury heard.

Forensic scientist Robert Lewis told Preston Crown Court he found a pair of blue jeans containing the DNA of 19-year-old Dyson Allen in the bedroom where three of the children perished on January 7, last year.

The deliberate fire was set in the wardrobe of an upstairs bedroom at the bungalow in Lytham Road, Freckleton, and claimed the lives of 19-year-old Reece Smith, his twin sisters Ella and Holly, four and their baby brother Jordan, two.

Mr Lewis, said: “The jeans were recovered in the conservatory of the property among other clothing removed from the bedroom, where the children were found.

“The jeans were linked to the defendant by DNA.

“The wax found on the jeans is the same sort of wax used in tea lights.”

The jury were also given a virtual tour of the house on large screens capturing the property the morning after the fire.

The children’s bedroom was severely smoke and fire damaged but it was clear to see where the three younger children had been sleeping.

Family friend Allen, of no fixed address, denies four counts of murder and four counts of manslaughter.

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