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Inquiry into last days of tragic boy killed in inferno

Photo: David Hurst
Paresh Patel of Hutton whose four year old son Jai died in a fire started by Jai's mum, who also died in the fire.

Photo: David Hurst Paresh Patel of Hutton whose four year old son Jai died in a fire started by Jai's mum, who also died in the fire.

A SERIOUS Case Review has been ordered following the death of a four year old youngster in a deliberate fire.

Jai Joshi, who had lived with his dad since he was two, died on May 8 in a flat in Liverpool, along with his 40 year old mother Janma joshi.

Although the fire is still under investigation police believe Miss Joshi deliberately set fire to the premises.

The Howick CE Primary School pupil had been spending part of his Easter holiday with his mum when she failed to return him to his dad, who had custody.

Jane Booth, independent chairman of the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, said: “This is a very sad case and, on behalf of the board, I have expressed our sympathy and condolences to Jai’s father.

“We have considered the circumstances of this child’s tragic death and have decided that a Serious Case Review should be commissioned. This review will look at multi-agenvolvement with the family and the outcome of the review will be published.” The youngster’s dad Paresh Patel today welcomed the inquiry in a bid to find out what went wrong and prevent “another child suffering.”

He said: “I am glad it has gone that way because quite clearly we need a serious case review and I look forward to feeding into that.”

Mr Patel, 43, is expecting to meet the Lancashire County Council’s Safeguarding Board next week and said the inquiry is expected to take aorudn six month.

He added: “ I want it ( the review) to highlight what went on. it is not going to bring Jai back but we have got to stop this happening to another child.”

The newsagent from Hutton added: “ People need to be held accountable and any practices that need to be changed need to be.

“I owe it to Jai to try to do something. I have been fighting for four and a half years and now he has died and if I can get any justice it will be to stop this happening to another child.”

Mr Patel is meeting with South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook at the weekend to raise issues surrounding the “grey areas” around court orders and the problem caused by cross-boundary policies.

 

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