Mother whose children died in fire pleads not guilty to manslaughter (2024)

A mother whose two sets of young twins died after an 'intense' house fire has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and child cruelty.

Deveca Rose's four children died after a fire ripped through her property in Collingwood Road, Sutton, on December 16, 2021.

The blaze killed her two sets of twins, three-year-olds Leyton and Logan Hoath and Kyson and Bryson Hoath, aged four, who had been left home alone.

The 29-year-old, of Wallington, south London, is due to face trial at the Old Bailey on September 9.

The inferno tore through the ground floor of the mid-terrace house, overwhelming the four boys with dense smoke.

Deveca Rose pictured arriving at the Old Bailey in central London where she pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of her two sets of twin sons who died following a house fire in 2021

Brothers Kyson and Bryson, four, and Leyton and Logan, three, pictured, perished after a blaze ripped through their home in Sutton, South London

Police at the scene in Sutton the day after the fire on December 17, 2021

The 29-year-old, of Wallington, south London , is due to face trial at the Old Bailey on September 9

The children were pulled from the blaze by firefighters but tragically could not be saved and were pronounced dead at hospital.

They were given CPR before they were taken to two south London hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.

More than 60 firefighters in eight engines raced to the 'intense' blaze and took 90 minutes to bring it under control.

Rose was subsequently charged with four counts of manslaughter and cruelty to a child under the age of 16.

The defendant, who is on bail, entered her pleas on Monday during a hearing before Judge Mark Lucraft KC at the Old Bailey.

The trial, which was put back a week to September 9, is due to take up to three weeks.

The devastated father of the two sets of twins, Dalton Hoath, with his sons before they died

The house where the two sets of twins died following a fire

Atribute left near the scene in Sutton, south London, in the days following the fire

A makeshift shrine of flowers, balloons, toys and football scarves was piled up outside the burnt-out terrace house after the two sets of twins died

Kyson and Bryson Hoath (left), four, and Leyton and Logan (right), three, died in a house fire in Sutton

Rose was subsequently charged with four counts of manslaughter and cruelty to a child under the age of 16. The defendant, who is on bail, entered her pleas on Monday during a hearing before Judge Mark Lucraft KC at the Old Bailey (pictured)

Rose previously spoke of her anguish of having to live without her sons, telling The Times: 'Bryson, Kyson, Logan and Leyton were my boys, they were my babies, they were my life, they were my world.

'They were my heart, they were my soul, they were everything. Everything feels so surreal. I can't function.'

Rose said her four sons loved school, dancing, playing in the park and being with their family.

She added: 'I can't get over it, I'll never get over it. They lit up everybody's world and I will always be sorry that they went so soon.

'They had so much planned and now they're gone. I wake up and I look at their Christmas tree and I look at their clothes, their Liverpool [football] kit, their Cocomelon dressing gowns, their drawings.'

The devastated father of the twin boys, Dalton Hoath, 28, had said they were 'bright, caring, loveable boys but most of all sons, brothers, grandsons, great-grandsons, nephews and cousins.'

Balloons left in tribute of the four brothers at the time.Family members and grieving locals left handwritten tributes to the four children, who were often pictured holding hands together

Deveca Rose (pictured right wearing black) at Bromley Magistrates' Court in December when she was charged

He said in a statement at the time: 'We would like to thank all the emergency services who did so much to try and save our boys, and also the local community who have come together at this difficult time.

'I would ask that my family are given time to grieve in private.

'They will be forever in my heart and thoughts, love Dad.'

A makeshift shrine of flowers, balloons, toys and football scarves were piled up outside the burnt-out terrace house after the two sets of twins died.

In a post on Facebook in 2021, their paternal grandfather Jason Hoath wrote: 'I am devastated to say that the horrendous house fire that took place in Sutton last night leading to four children loosing their lives were my amazing smart and beautiful grandsons.

'(They were) taken too soon they will always be in our hearts and thoughts.'

Mother whose children died in fire pleads not guilty to manslaughter (2024)

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