Woman Set Fire To Husband

Georgina Vilella

A Walsall woman has been found guilty of murdering her husband by setting him on fire while he was in bed.

Georgina Viella poured petrol on the 45-year-old and in doing so also set fire to the house she and her 4 step daughters were in on Pleck Road on March 28th last year.

The court heard how the 47-year-old then left the house and watched as neighbours and emergency services battled to save the girls aged betwen 13 and 21.

One of the daughters, aged 17 at the time, suffered a broken pelvis and leg after she jumped from the first floor window.

The 21-year-old daughter suffered smoke inhalation as well as cuts and bruises, while a 13-year-old girl was rescued by neighbours as she climbed onto a porch roof.

The most seriously injured daughter, aged 14, suffered 60 per cent burns in the blaze and had to be rescued from inside the house by the fire service. She was resuscitated by emergency services at the scene and has only recently been discharged from hospital, with life changing injuries.

Detective Sergeant Rob Bastin, from the Major Investigation Review Team, said: “This tragic event has clearly devastated the family and has had a significant effect on the community around them.

“I would like to thank all of the emergency workers who attended the scene on that tragic morning, in particular the fire service, whose efforts saved the life of the 14-year-old girl trapped inside.

“I also want to pay tribute to the community spirited neighbours who helped rescue the girls, who, without their help, may not have survived.”

DS Bastin added: “This was a horrific case, in which Viella acted in a cold and calculating way. We have evidence of her buying petrol from a garage a couple of days before the murder. This was a premeditated act, which left six daughters without a father and at least one of those girls with life changing injuries.”

Carlos Viella’s family released the following statement: “We are pleased that justice has been done for our much missed father Carlos and for all the people that Georgina put at risk by her actions.

“However, we do forgive Georgina for what she did and we are now looking forward to moving on with our lives to a positive future.

“We would like to thank our family, friends and all the different authorities who have helped and supported us through this difficult time West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, Joseph Leckie School, our church and particularly Birmingham Children’s Hospital, for their wonderful care of Josefina following her injuries.”

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