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Man in court over arson killing

Francesca Bimpson
Francesca suffered severe burns and died three weeks later

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a three-year-old girl who died after a fire at her Liverpool home.

Francesca Bimpson died three weeks after the blaze in Norwood Grove, Everton, in December.

Graham Heaps, 43, is charged with murder, five counts of attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

At Liverpool Crown Court Heaps, of Crumlin, Newport, South Wales, was remanded in custody.

He is due to enter a plea at his next appearance on 7 September.

Francesca's sisters, Anne-Marie, 17 months, and Christina, eight, and 14-year-old brother, Kieron, were treated for the effects of inhaling smoke.

Their mother, Eleanor Skelhorne, 36, suffered minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Francesca's father, Kieron Bimpson, also 36, broke his legs jumping from a first-floor window.

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