22/02/2024

Daniel Sebastian Allen Jailed For 29 Years For Murder Of Family Of Four

Daniel Sebastian Allen has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of three people in a deliberate house fire in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, in 2018.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to starting a fire at a house, which lead to the death of four people, including a baby girl.

Allen will serve a minimum of 29 years in prison before being able to apply for release.

Welcoming the sentencing, 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.
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"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."




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