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Woman whose sister died in house fire along with three children including 15-month-old baby says she would have never made suicide pact with her killer – as she slams his ‘wicked lies’


A mother who died in a house fire started by her partner would never have entered into a suicide pact with him, her sister has told MailOnline.

Daniel Sebastian Allen was jailed for 29 years last week for the blaze at the isolated bungalow that killed his partner Denise Gossett and her daughter Sabrina, 19, son Roman, 16, and her 15-month-old grand-daughter Morgana near Derrylin in Co Fermanagh six years ago.

Allen, 33, had cruelly claimed that he had set fire to the house as part of a suicide pact with Denise, 45.

But Denise’s sister today hit back at Allen’s ‘wicked lies’ – and insisted she would never do anything to harm her two children or granddaughter.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Frances Gosset said: ‘I can assure you that Allen is lying about the suicide pact. My sister was devoted to her kids and adored her granddaughter. She would never do anything to hurt them.

‘And she was so scared of being burnt alive that she once told me she didn’t even want to be cremated after she died.’

Frances added: ‘To this day I do not know what happened to the remains of my family. I don’t even know where they are buried. I personally feel that 29 years in prison for four lives is a small price to pay, that is seven and a half years per life taken.

Daniel Sebastian Allen admitted the manslaughter of Denise Gossett, 45, (pictured) by reason of suicide pact

Daniel Sebastian Allen admitted the manslaughter of Denise Gossett, 45, (pictured) by reason of suicide pact

Allen, 33, previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his partner Denise Gossett, and murder of the other three family members

Allen, 33, previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his partner Denise Gossett, and murder of the other three family members

She added: ‘It will haunt me forever.’

At Belfast Crown Court, judge Mr Justice O’Hara told Allen he would not be considered for release until 2047.

The killer, who admitted three counts of murder and one count of manslaughter, showed no emotion as he was led away from the dock.

Allen had also admitted arson with intent to endanger life.

During the trial it emerged Roman and Morgana died after being poisoned by the strong sedative GHB.

Allen had told police he had strangled Sabrina to death but that was disputed by prosecutors who said the cause of her death could not be confirmed.

Denise, with soot in her lungs, is known to have still been alive when the fire took hold. She died from smoke inhalation.

Denise, known to her family affectionately as ‘Dee’, had lived in Doncaster with her family before she met Allen, who was 18 years her junior, on a dating website.

Eventually she moved to Northern Ireland in 2016 to start a new life with him. At first the couple lived with Denise’s teenage children in a van before setting up home in a remote cottage in County Fermanagh.

One of those killed in the fire in 2018 was 15-month-old Morgana Quinn

One of those killed in the fire in 2018 was 15-month-old Morgana Quinn

Pictured: Forensic and fire officers at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh

Pictured: Forensic and fire officers at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh

Sabrina Gossett, 19, was also killed in the fire alongside her 15-month-old daughter Morgana

Sabrina Gossett, 19, was also killed in the fire alongside her 15-month-old daughter Morgana

Denise’s sister said that the family were unsure about Allen as soon as they were introduced to him. She said he is from an ‘unstable, unhappy background’ and ‘lived most of his life online’ and ‘in a fantasy world’. She said he was coercive and controlling and accused him of killing Dee’s dogs.

Frances said: ‘The first time Dee introduced me to him on FaceTime he looked like a young boy. He is the same age as my son.

‘I used to talk to her and Sabrina a lot on Facebook, but after she met Allen it all went quiet.

‘I was worried, of course, but because I did not have their address, I didn’t feel I could ask the police to check on them.

Roman Gossett, 16, was also killed in the blaze - Allen admitted to murdering him, Sabrina and Morgana

Roman Gossett, 16, was also killed in the blaze – Allen admitted to murdering him, Sabrina and Morgana

‘Dee lied to me about him. She said they had broken up and her Sabrina and Roman had moved to Ireland alone. He was never in the video calls in Ireland.

‘Then in February 2018 I found out about the fire that killed my family from a message on Facebook saying, ‘I am sorry for your loss’.’

Denise’s ex-husband also cannot believe that she would deliberately set her home alight as she was terrified of fire.

Wayne Pearson, who is the father of the murdered teenagers Sabrina and Roman, was married to Denise for 18 years before separating in 2014.

Mr Pearson, a bus driver from Aberdeen, told MailOnline: ‘Dee suffered with her mental health throughout her life.

Speaking outside court following the sentencing Detective Inspector Miller said Allen has been held accountable for his actions

Speaking outside court following the sentencing Detective Inspector Miller said Allen has been held accountable for his actions

‘But I don’t think she could have set the house alight. Dee did not like fire.

‘She was afraid of being burnt alive.’

A report from the Coroner of Northern Ireland confirmed Denise’s cause of death as ‘Smoke Inhalation’.

Delivering sentence, Mr Justice O’Hara said Allen will serve 29 years in prison before he can be considered for release.

The judge said the killings required planning and could not be explained by a ‘sudden detachment from reality or loss of control’.

‘There is a very dangerous and disturbing part of his make-up that led to these murders,’ he added. 

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