Mc Elhill had sexual relationship with 16 year old, inquest is told

A man suspected of killing himself and his family in a house fire in Omagh was having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, an inquest has heard today.

Arthur McElhill, his partner Lorraine McGovern and their five children all died after he doused their terraced home in Lammy Crescent, Omagh, with petrol and white spirit and set it alight in November 2007.

An inquest into their deaths was told today that the 16 year old girl had told police about her sexual relationship with McElhill, while officers were also made aware the 36 year old was bombarding another teenager pleading with her to have intercourse with him in the days prior to his death.

He'd also opened an account on the Bebo social networking site on which he pretended to be his seven year old son.

A police chief inspector told the reconvened inquest he did not believe anyone in the house other than Arthur McElhill was capable of starting the fire.