22/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 07:53

Georgina Vilella jailed for killing husband Carlos in fire

Category: England

Published: 17th Aug 2012 18:57:05

A woman has been jailed for 23 years for starting a fire at a house in which her husband died and a teenage girl was critically injured.

Georgina Vilella, 47, set fire to Carlos Vilella as he lay in bed in Pleck Road, Walsall, West Midlands in March last year, police said.

Four of his six daughters, aged 13 to 21, were trapped inside. His 14-year-old suffered 60% burns.

Vilella was convicted of murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Police said the fire was started the first floor back bedroom by Vilella who is believed to have deliberately poured petrol on her 45-year-old husband, as he lay on the bed.

Evidence was gathered of her buying petrol from a garage just days before the murder, the spokesman added.

This was a premeditated act, which left six daughters without a father”

After starting the fire, Vilella left the house and watched as neighbours and emergency crews arrived and tried to rescue Mr Vilella and his children.

One daughter, then aged 17, suffered a broken pelvis and leg after jumping from the first floor window.

The 21-year-old daughter suffered smoke inhalation and cuts and bruises and a 13-year-old was rescued by neighbours as she climbed onto a porch roof, police said.

The 14-year-old was resuscitated by emergency services at the scene and has only recently been discharged from hospital, with "life changing injuries".

Det Sgt Rob Bastin, from West Midlands Police, thanked the fire service for saving the 14 year old's life as well the community for their help rescuing the other daughters.

He said: "This was a horrific case, in which Vilella acted in a cold and calculating way.

"We have evidence of her buying petrol from a garage a couple of days before the murder.

"This was a premeditated act, which left six daughters without a father and at least one of those girls with life changing injuries."

Mr Vilella's family said: "We are pleased that justice has been done for our much missed father Carlos and for all the people that Georgina put at risk by her actions.

"However, we do forgive Georgina for what she did and we are now looking forward to moving on with our lives to a positive future."

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Georgina Vilella jailed for killing husband Carlos in fire [Online] (Updated 17th Aug 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1446864/Georgina-Vilella-jailed-for-killing-husband-Carlos-in-fire [Accessed 22nd Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • How Goldfrapp put Greek tragedy Medea to music

    Pop duo Goldfrapp have turned their talents to writing the music for the National Theatre's new production of the Greek tragedy Medea.
  • Scotland referendum: Firms invited to move HQs to Wales

    A business group is writing to leading Scottish companies urging them to move their companies to Cardiff if the country votes for independence.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Ambulance 999 timewasters 'risk lives'

    Calls about a man with a fly in his ear, a woman with a green potato and a child who drank from a dog's bowl are putting genuine emergencies at risk, the Welsh Ambulance Service has warned.
  • River Tees search continues for missing swimmer

    A search is continuing for a missing man who got into difficulties while swimming in the River Tees.
  • Seven rescued from block of flats in Blairgowrie

    Seven people had to be rescued after a fire broke out at a block of flats in Perthshire in the early hours of the morning.