Three fire engines scrambled to the scene, the first arriving at 5.04am, with firefighters discovering Brandon face down on his bedroom floor, as if trying to crawl out, and Lacie directly behind him, suggesting she was following her brother to try to escape.
Regarding Ms Pearson’s death, both Bolland and Worrall had pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming they had been wrongly convicted of murdering her children, but admitted manslaughter.
Jurors delivered their guilty verdicts this afternoon following a three-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Chatterton, from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Investigation Team, said: ‘This was a heart-breaking case and I’m glad that Bolland and Worrall have now faced justice for the devastating death of Michelle too.
‘The bravery shown by the family and those affected has been outstanding – they have shown so much strength throughout both of our investigations.
‘Bolland and Worral planned this attack and threw their handmade petrol bombs inside.
‘The fire spread so quickly and the heat was so intense that the smoke alarms melted before they even had a chance to sound.
‘That night rocked the community and has turned the family’s life upside down.
‘Nothing can bring Michelle and the children back but I hope they can now be given time to grieve and come to terms with what has happened.
‘All of our thoughts are with the family who have been through such a difficult time and have had to sit through two trials and listen to details on what was a horrific and planned attack.’
Courtney Brierley, 23, had already pleaded guilty to Ms Pearson’s manslaughter.
Bolland, Worrall, and Brierley are due to be sentenced on April 21.
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