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RAID PAIR TRIED TO SET FAMILY'S HOME ON FIRE; Court told of murder plot.

Byline: MIRROR REPORTER

A BURGLAR has gone on trial with a young female friend accused of attempting to burn a doctor and his family to death.

Belfast Crown Court heard the victims were only saved "by some good luck" when 31-year-old Roy Martin Kerr set himself alight and screamed in agony, wakening the family.

Kerr, from Shore Road, North Belfast, and 21-year-old Tanya Diana Holmes, pictured, whose address was given as the Simon Community, Lodge Road, Coleraine, Co Derry, both deny attempting to murder Dr Raymond White, his wife and son on May 8 last year.

The couple also deny arson at the doctor's East Belfast home in Kensington Road, the attempted arson of their cars and handling a stolen Ford Focus. Prosecutor Ciaran Murphy revealed Dr White, who died in June, was due to give evidence against Kerr, who two years earlier was convicted over a burglary at the house.

He told Judge Geoffrey Miller and the jury that Kerr and Holmes "tried to kill them by setting fires in the middle of the night around every exit from their home and were preparing also to set alight their cars".

The case continues.
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Date:Sep 30, 2009
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