Meet the Connors, a depraved bunch of animals who collectively set about firebombing a family over a school-bullying row, using petrol poured through the letterbox and set alight.
From left to right; Michael Connor, Jane Connor and Natalie Connor.
Only one of the family who were targeted survived, although she will be scarred for the rest of her life due to the severe injuries sustained during the arson attack.
The Connors were earlier found guilty of the double murder of Alex and Maureen Cochrane and the grevious bodily harm of Lucy Cochrane as well as other charges.
The killer family was jailed for murdering a “decent and honest” couple in a firebomb attack over a school bullying row.
Michael Connor, 40, was jailed for life with a minimum 32-year sentence before parole, after he poured more than a litre of petrol through the letterbox of the home of Maureen and Alex Cochrane, killing the couple in a 1000 degree centigrade “vortex” of flames.
He had been plied with drink and urged on by his ex-wife, Jane, 40, who kept watch as he carried out the attack at 12.30am on the house in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, on January 12 this year.
Both Connors had been found guilty of the double murders after a six-week trial ending last Friday.
Jane Connor was also jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years by Judge David Maddison.
The daughter, Natalie, 18, who made up “entirely false” claims that the Cochranes’ daughter Lucy, 17, had been bullying her at school – prompting the arson attack – was jailed for 11 years after being convicted of two counts of manslaughter.
The family targeted by evil – Alex Cochrane, Maureen Cochrane and sole survivor, Lucy Cochrane.
Jane Connor clung on to the bar of the dock then clapped her hand to her mouth as the 32-year sentence was handed down.
How satisfying to hear the sentence handed down to Jane Connor caused her some distress. It’s unlikely to be remorse or guilt pricking her conscious but at least there was a visible reaction – her surviving victim has the visible and invisible scars to deal with every day for the rest of her life.
Further reading in the Manchester Evening News: