North East Wales

Prestatyn landlord Jay Liptrot changes flat fire death plea

Jay Brenton Liptrot Image copyright Geoff Abbott
Image caption Jay Brenton Liptrot was one of the firefighters who helped tackle the blaze

A Denbighshire landlord who owned a flat where five people died in a fire has had manslaughter charges against him dropped.

Jay Liptrot, 43, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, Liam Timbrell, 23, their son Charlie, Ms Shiers' nephew Bailey, four, and niece Skye, two died, at the Prestatyn property.

Melanie Smith was jailed in 2013 for murder.

Liptrot had denied manslaughter but admitted one count of failing to take general fire precautions, exposing people to risk, which the prosecution has accepted after consulting the family of the victims.

The court had heard that Liptrot was a firefighter with 15 years experience and "was at the forefront of brave efforts" to rescue the five from the flat on the night of the fire.

The jury was discharged and Liptrot, who has been granted bail, will be sentenced on Friday.

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Image caption The fire victims, clockwise from left: Liam Timbrell; Lee-Anna Shiers and her son Charlie; her niece Skye and nephew Bailey

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