Mum took own life and unlawfully killed Preston schoolboy son

Jai Joshi who died in a fire at his Liverpool home. he went to school in Preston
Jai Joshi who died in a fire at his Liverpool home. he went to school in Preston
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A Preston schoolboy who died in a flat blaze was unlawfully killed, but his death couldn’t have been foreseen by others, an inquest heard.

Jai Joshi, four, who lived in Hutton, near Preston with his dad Paresh, a newsagent, died along with his mum Janma Joshi, 40, at a flat in Tuebrook, Merseyside on May 8 this year.

Jai who was a pupil at Howick CE Primary School in Penwortham, near Preston, had been staying with his mother before his death and she was meant to return him to his father but had failed to do so.

An inquest held at Liverpool Coroner’s Court heard how Miss Joshi had filled a container full of fuel at a petrol station a few weeks before she carried out the act.

Fire investigators told the coroner’s court that the fire was caused deliberately by application of naked flame to vapours of ignitable liquid.

Neighbours were woken by the sound of an explosion and reported hearing a woman screaming.

Jai is believed to have been alive and breathing in smoke as the fire took hold and died rapidly from the effects of the fire, the court heard. Jai and his mother were discovered on a bed.

Coroner Andre Rebello concluded that Janma took her life and unlawfully killed Jai.

He described the horror as “shocking, tragic and distressing” but said no-one but Janma could have foreseen what was going to happen.

Jai’s heartbroken dad Paresh spoke to the Evening Post about his devastation at the distressing details revealed at the inquest.

See tomorrow’s Lancashire Evening Post for full story