Woman jailed for killing four kids is 'broken' and has launched a bid to be freed from prison
The 20-year-old Courtney Brierley was arrested after she helped arsonists burn down a family home, killing four children in the process.
Brierley and her accomplices – her partner Zak Bolland and a friend, David Worrall – was charged with manslaughter earlier this year.
Their 36-year-old mother, Michelle Pearson, was severely injured in the fire and is still battling for survival nearly a year later.
David Worrall and Courtney Brierley are considering appealing both the convictions and sentences they were handed last month following a trial at Manchester Crown Courthttps://t.co/RfS85sXYa8— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) June 7, 2018
Brierly, who has been serving time at HMP Bronzefiled in Surrey, has since filed for an appeal and believes that she needs to be released from prison.
She was 19 years old at the time of the incident and was sentenced to more than two decades behind bars with the option of applying for parole after ten years.
The woman jailed for the killing of four kids in the Walkden house fire is 'broken' and wants to be freed https://t.co/R3V7ybgRsi— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) October 21, 2018
Brierly claimed that she was pressurized into the attack out of fear of her violent boyfriend, believing he would physically hurt if she disobeyed his commands.
She also didn't realize at the time what Bolland's plans were, and simply followed his commands on that fateful night.
She doesn’t know the meaning of broken, ask the poor children’s mum n family what broken is they will defiantly know cause their life will never ever be the same again, she should never be released ever— Lorna Howard (@lornamax74) October 21, 2018
Bolland was sentenced to 40 years for murder and his friend Worsley, who threw the second petrol bomb, received a 37-year sentence.
David Worrall, 26, sentences to life with a minimum 37-years.— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) May 24, 2018
Zak Bolland, 23 has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 40-years
Courtney Brierley,20, has been sentenced to 21-year in a young offenders institution. https://t.co/vHfJMG3Lk7 pic.twitter.com/BYcfLMyKWZ
It is believed that Brierly's motivation for filing the appeal is her mental state. One of her cellmates told Manchester Evening News:
"Courtney was very, very quiet, very broken. I didn't know what she'd done until after I'd left and I was horrified; you just would not have thought it of her."
Fellow inmates also described her "completely broken," and added that she was "in a very bad way." Another inmate added:
"She always looked like she’d been crying, was very, very quiet, didn’t make friends with anyone, rarely ate."
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