Tot death mum still wanting answers
A mother is still searching for justice more than a year after her two-year-old daughter was killed in a fire.
Stacey Marie Catch was forced to face the man who “possibly started” that blaze during an inquest.
Her former partner, Terry Webb, has always denied starting the fire that killed little Isobel June Dobson at Hessle Common Lane Farm, Wragby, on September 30, 2011.
She was sitting in a van with her younger sister Sarah, then aged one, when flames from a deliberately started fire in a hay barn engulfed the vehicle. The girls’ then stepdad Mr Webb rescued Sarah but was unable to reach Isobel and she died from the effects of smoke and fire.
Speaking after the hearing at Wakefield Coroner’s Court last Wednesday, Miss Catch, 24, of Harewood Lane, Upton, said: “It hasn’t given me any answers. We don’t know any more than we did. I just want to know the truth.”
“Me and the whole family believe the police’s theory and I would like it to go before a jury so that they can decide.”
Miss Catch spoke of the devastation she has faced since the loss of her daughter.
She said: “I miss Izzy every single day. She has left a hole that will never ever be filled. She was just too precious for this world.”
Police arrested Mr Webb at the time, but later dropped the case due to lack of evidence.
At the inquest, coroner David Hinchliff labelled Mr Web as a “pathological liar” and had possibly started the fire so he could rescue the children and be hailed a hero. Mr Hincliff asked Mr Webb during the inquest if he started the fire. He replied: “I had nothing to do with Isobel’s death.”
Recording a narrative verdict Mr Hinchliff said: “I personally, from the evidence I have heard, have no reason to think that the police’s theory is in any way far fetched or unjustified. I think their theory is correct.”
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