Two teenagers have been charged with manslaughter and arson after an 88-year-old woman was killed in a fire in east London.
Metropolitan Police officers were called to reports of a fire at a residential address in Queens Park Road, Romford, on October 28, before Josephine Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kai Cooper, 18, from Leatherhead, Surrey, and a 15-year-old boy from Southend, Essex, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with manslaughter.
They were also charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.
A firework was recovered from the scene, and a post-mortem gave the cause of Ms Smith’s death as smoke inhalation.
Both were also charged with assault by beating, relating to a separate offence on October 27 in High Road, Ilford.
Cooper has been remanded in custody, while the 15-year-old has been bailed – and both will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.