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House fire killer jailed for life
Fire damaged house
The house was set on fire by Charleston Cullen
A Stocksbridge man has been jailed for life after admitting he started a house fire in which a couple were found dead.

Charleston Cullen, 36, of Haywood Avenue admitted stabbing Julie Houghton at the property on Wragg Road in the Wybourn area of Sheffield.

He then set fire to the house in which Keith Cullen, his brother who was also Ms Houghton's boyfriend, died from smoke inhalation.

Charleston Cullen was said to be suffering from depression at the time.

A post mortem examination revealed Julie Houghton, 37, had died from stab wounds to the neck and chest.

Keith Cullen died from the effects of smoke inhalation from the fire which started at 0530 BST on Saturday, 27 September 2003.

On Monday, Sheffield Crown Court heard the prosecution claim the attack happened because Charleston Cullen did not like the way Ms Houghton treated his brother.

The court heard that Charleston Cullen was suffering from depression and a number of other issues were preying on his mind.

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