‘My daddy was the world’s greatest superhero’: Girl, 13, bravely confronts man who killed her father and sister by torching their family home to cover up burglary as he is jailed for 20 years
To confront (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to face, meet, or deal with a difficult situation or person “というふうに記載されていますね。
As she left the court, she was confronted by angry crowds who tried to block her way.
I thought I would stay calm, but when I was confronted with/by the TV camera, I got very nervous.
It takes courage to confront your fears.
We need to confront these problems before it’s too late.
To torch (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to burn a building or other large thing, intentionally and usually illegally “ と記載されていますね。
They torched the warehouse and ran.
They smashed a side door to get in and then torched the warehouse when they had taken what they wanted.
cover up (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to stop people discovering the truth about something bad: “ と記載されていますね。
It was a real scandal, but the school tried to cover the whole thing up.
The company tried to cover up its employment of illegal immigrants.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” the crime of entering a building illegally in order to steal things “ と記載されています。
He was jailed for 12 months for burglary.
Burglaries are on the increase in the area.
Several men were questioned by police yesterday about the burglary.
Simpson, aged 19, was convicted on two charges of burglary.
・Daniel Jones, 29, killed Andrew Broadhead, 42, and Kiera, eight, in a fire
・He set the house on fire to try and destroy CCTV evidence of a nearby break-in
・Jones was convicted of manslaughter and has now been jailed for 20 years
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” an act of entering a building illegally using force, especially in order to steal things ” と記載されていますね。
After the break-in, we installed a new security system.
To convict (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to decide officially in a law court that someone is guilty of a crime ” と記載されていますね。
He has twice been convicted of robbery.
Robinson was convicted of the murder of his mother and brother.
Anderson faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted.
There might not have been enough evidence to convict him.
A 13-year-old-girl battled through tears to pay tribute in court to her ‘superhero’ father and sparkling ‘star’ sister before a judge jailed the burglar who killed them in a fire by torching their home for 20 years.
Mia Broadhead bravely stood in the witness box to speak movingly of how much she missed them and revealed the personal trauma she has suffered because of the blaze that ripped through the family home.
Mia addressed the court as Daniel Jones was today jailed for 20 years after being convicted of the manslaughter of Andrew Broadhead, 42, and his eight-year-old daughter Kiera.
The jury heard how Jones was worried that CCTV footage from the family’s home would reveal a raid he carried out three days earlier.
pay tribute to (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to say or do something that shows you respect and admire someone a lot ” と記載されていますね。
We are here tonight to pay tribute to one of the greatest actors of all time.
The minister paid tribute to the men who had fought the blaze.
The town paid tribute to the firefighters who died in the fire.
Cambridgeによると” a person who illegally enters buildings and steals things ” と記載されていますね。
The burglar had left his fingerprints all over the window.
The burglars have been arrested but the jewellery is still missing.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” in a way that causes strong feelings of sadness or sympathy “というふうに記載されていますね。
He spoke movingly about his wife’s death.
He wrote movingly of his mother’s death.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” a large, strong fire “ というふうに記載されていますね。
Firefighters took two hours to control the blaze.
Three fire companies fought the blaze.
rip through (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” if something such as a fire, storm, or bomb rips through a place, it damages or destroys the place very quickly “ というふうに記載されていますね。
The explosion ripped through her home.
The explosion ripped through the hotel.
A hurricane ripped through the Caribbean.
To address (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to officially tell a particular person or organization your complaints, questions, or comments ” というふうに記載されていますね。
All enquiries should be addressed to head office.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” a short sudden attack, usually by a small group of people ” というふうに記載されていますね。
Soldiers carried out raids on enemy targets in the area.
The bank robbers wore masks throughout the raid.
In the raid, police found several boxes of obscene videotapes.
In a rare move, the teenager stood in the witness box and told the judge about her struggles to cope following the fire in October 2016, when she was 12.
In a rare move,で まれな手段として です。
But when she began to describe her father and sister she began to cry, wiping away tears and pushing her hair off her face as she stoically continued to read out her words.
She told the court: ‘My daddy was the world’s greatest superhero and he was my hero. I am thankful for his happiness, kindness and his love for everyone – the way he was positive and how he always lifted everybody’s spirits.’
Describing her sister Kiera, she said: ‘My sissy was the world’s brightest star and nobody will dull her sparkle. I am thankful for the eight years we had with her – for her kindness, her funniness, her caring for one another and her humour. She didn’t deserve this, neither of them did.’
After she had finished reading out her statement, Mia returned to the public gallery where she was hugged by her mother, Sara Broadhead, who also read out a personal impact statement to the judge.
Mrs Broadhead, wearing a wedding ring on a chain around her neck, fought back tears as she paid tribute to her husband and daughter.
She said: ‘My little angel was one of a kind…her kindness always overwhelmed me.
‘In her short eight years Kiera lived life to the full. This world is going to be a dull place without her smile and laughter and I know she will live on in everybody’s hearts and memories.‘
Describing her husband, she added: ‘He was loving, kind, honest and supportive. As well as being an amazing husband he was also a fantastic father.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると形容詞stoicの意味は ” determined not to complain or show your feelings, especially when something bad happens to you: “というふうに記載されています。その副詞系です。
She listened stoically as the guilty verdict was read out.
Stoically, and with great determination, the people began rebuilding the village.
lift someone’s spirits
Cambrdige Dictionaryによると” to make someone happier “というふうに記載されていますね。
Being in the sunshine all day really lifted my spirits.
Nothing – not even the prospect of dinner – could lift his spirits.
fight back (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” if you fight back an emotion, you try very hard not to show it ” というふうに記載されていますね。
Mary bit her lip and fought back her tears.
live (on) in the memory
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” If something lives (on) in the memory, it has such an effect that it is remembered for a long time. ” と記載されていますね。
‘I can’t say goodbye to him because that makes it final. Instead I say “see you in a bit” because one day we will be together again.’
Jones, who sat in the dock wearing a light grey suit and was surrounded by prison officers, stared straight forward as the statements were read.
The judge, Mr Justice Morris, had to give special permission for Mia even to be in the courtroom, as the usual age limit is 14 in the Crown Court.
To stare (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to look at someone or something very directly for a long time ” というふうに記載されていますね。
He lifted his head and stared at her.
Don’t stare at people like that, it’s rude.
Passing sentence Mr Justice Morris said the mother and daughter ‘have to live not only with the trauma of the events that night but with their devastating loss.’
He told the defendant: ‘You have caused the death of two people and enormous pain and suffering to Sara and Mia Broadhead and their wider family.’
The trial heard how Mr and Mrs Broadhead and their two daughters were asleep in their home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in the early hours of October 19 last year when Jones poured petrol through their front door letterbox and set it alight.
Mrs Broadhead and Mia managed to escape, but Mr Broadhead and Kiera were overcome by the rapidly spreading smoke and fire and were later pronounced dead at the scene in Stanley.
In October a jury found him not guilty of two counts of murder but guilty of two counts of manslaughter.
Debt-ridden Jones stole a safe from a friend’s house in Ash Crescent in the early hours of October 16, the court was told.
The friend quickly became suspicious that Jones was the culprit and invited him to his address on the evening of October 18.
Jones was challenged about the theft and denied it but was then told that CCTV in the neighbourhood, including the Broadhead family home, could have caught him in the act.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to officially say in a court of law what a criminal’s punishment will be ” というふうに記載されていますね。
Passing sentence, the judge told Kelly that the public needed protection from him.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” a person in a law case who is accused of having done something illegal “というふうに記載されていますね。
The jury concluded from the evidence that the defendant was innocent.
The defendant is accused of a range of crimes, from theft to murder.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” physical or mental pain that a person or animal is feeling “というふうに記載されています。
Now she is at peace and her suffering is over.
The idea is to kill the animal as quickly as possible without causing unnecessary suffering.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” burning: “ というふうに記載されていますね。
I had to use a bit of petrol to get the fire alight.
Dozens of cars were set alight.
To overcome (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to succeed in dealing with or controlling a problem ” という意味と ” to defeat someone or something “ という意味があります。
Government troops have finally overcome rebel forces in the north.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” having a lot of debt and therefore in financial difficulty “というふうに記載されていますね。
a debt-ridden country/economy
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” believing that someone has probably done something wrong “というふうに記載されています。
Colleagues became suspicious when he started acting strangely.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” someone who is responsible for doing something bad or illegal “ というふうに記載されていますね。
Police have so far failed to find the culprits.
Police hope the public will help them to find the culprits.
To challenge (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to question if something is true or legal ” というふうに記載されていますね。
We challenged the company to prove that its system was safe.
It later turned out the camera was not even working properly.
Jones’s friend told him the Broadheads were on holiday and due back in a few days.
But that information was incorrect and the family returned home earlier on October 18, jurors heard.
The family-of-four were asleep inside when he started the fire. The petrol exploded in a fireball and the blaze spread rapidly.
Neighbours rescued the mother and eldest child, but couldn’t reach the father and younger daughter. Their bodies were found by firefighters and were pronounced dead at the scene.
turn out (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to happen in a particular way or to have a particular result, especially an unexpected one “というふうに記載されていますね。
I’m sure it will all turn out well in the end.
Obviously, I’m disappointed at the way things have turned out.
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