THE mum of a woman murdered in a petrol bomb attack along with her four kids has slammed the “cowardly monsters” who killed her family.
Sandra Lever says she doesn’t know how she’ll ever move on after Zak Bolland, 26, and David Worrall, 28, were convicted of murder.
Sandra Lever’s daughter and four of her grandchildren were killed in an arson attackCredit: Andy Kelvin / Kelvin Media
Michelle Pearson, who was 37, fought for her life for 20 months – but tragically died of her injuriesCredit: Collect
Jurors unanimously agreed the vile thugs murdered mum-of-five Michelle Pearson, 37, in an attack that also killed her children.
Both defendants had already been convicted of murdering Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and three-year-old Lia.
Michelle suffered serious burns following the blaze at the property in Walkden, Greater Manchester, in December 2017.
Sandra, left devastated by the attack, has called for the arsonists to be jailed for life.
She said: “I think they’re all monsters.
“It’s just horrible and cruel to do what they did, especially to children.
“It was so cowardly.
“Five murders should mean they’re jailed for life and never let out.”
Michelle spent five months in a coma with 75 per cent burns to her body following the inferno – and awoke to be given the devastating news that her four youngest children had perished.
But brave Michelle repeatedly fought back from the brink of death as she underwent countless operations on her infected wounds.
She had hoped to be well enough to attend her children’s funeral in September 2018 but was forced to stay in Wythenshawe Hospital.
Medics said her condition was finally beginning to improve – but tragically she took a turn for the worse and died on August 25 2019, 20 months after the blaze.
Sandra said she feels “huge relief” at the verdict.
“I was worried they might get away with manslaughter,” she said.
“It was cowardly of them to put us through another trial.”
Heart-wrenching photos show Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia Pearson, three, sleeping together at homeCredit: Refer to Caption
The youngsters were murdered in a fire at their homeCredit: PA:Press Association
Their older sister Demi was also killed in the horrorCredit: PA:Press Association
Michelle’s son Kyle, 18, survived the arson attack, along with his pal Bobby, who was sleeping at the family’s home that night.
But Sandra said: “What made it worse was all the lies they told about it being to do with a feud with Kyle.
“The feud was actually with someone else Kyle just happens to know.
“Bolland and Worrall just told lie after lie in court. It was constant lies all the way through.
“They said all they wanted to do was ruin Michelle’s kitchen. But who throws a petrol bomb into a house in the middle of the night knowing there are children in there?”
Jurors at Manchester Crown Court saw chilling CCTV footage of the defendants buying beer bottles which were used to create petrol bombs just hours before the attack.
Bolland and Worrall then removed a fence panel from the garden of Michelle’s home before smashing a kitchen window.
Two lit petrol bombs were tossed inside at around 5am, with second “exploding” near the stairs – blocking the only exit to the ground floor and trapping the victims upstairs as flames engulfed the home.
Michelle had frantically scooped little Lia in her arms and ran through their smoke-filled home to the bathroom in an attempt to save her life.
Neighbours heard Michelle screaming for someone to rescue her childrenCredit: Social media – Refer to source
Investigators said she had little Lia in her arms, but was overcome by smokeCredit: PA:Press Association
Appalling details of the children’s deaths was heard in courtCredit: PA:Press Association
Tragically, she was overcome by the smoke and fumes and collapsed before she could save her baby daughter.
Horrified neighbours had heard her scream “Not the kids! Not my kids!” as the flames tore through the house.
Lia was later discovered in the charred bath tub but she died in hospital two days later.
Her brother Brandon was found lying face down with his head towards the landing followed by sister Lacie, who looked as though she had been following him to safety.
Demi was discovered with her feet on the floor and her hands stretched out to the open window.
In May 2018, Bolland, then 23, was convicted of four counts of murder and three of attempted murder and was handed a minimum 40-year sentence.
His friend Worrall, then 26, was also convicted of the four murders and three counts of attempted GBH and was handed a 37-year sentence.
Bolland’s then girlfriend Courtney Brierley was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter and was jailed for 21 years.
But Sandra said she doesn’t understand why the sick killers forced the family to go through yet another trial after being convicted of murdering the children.
Michelle died more than a year after her children – but even though their killers had already been convicted of murder, they denied murdering the mum
But Zak Bolland has now also been convicted of murdering MichelleCredit: PA:Press Association
David Worrall was also convictedCredit: PA:Press Association
“I don’t why they chose to do it, putting us through it yet again,” she said.
“Seeing the children’s pictures in court was so upsetting.
“We are never going to be able to move on because of what happened – five people have been murdered.
“But we have got a little bit of closure now.
“People say the longer life goes on the stronger you get, but we don’t know if we can.
“If someone dies you can get on with it, but when five people have been murdered how can you really move on?”
She now hopes the pair’s sentences – along with that of Brierley – will mean they spend longer behind bars.
All three will be sentenced next month.
“Hopefully, whatever they get will mean they spend longer in prison,” she said.