A brave mum who suffered horrific injuries in an arson attack which killed her father eight years ago has died just hours after giving birth.
Tragic Richard Perkins, 38, was overcome from fumes when evil Stephen George-Davies petrol-bombed his family’s terraced home in 2008.
Mr Perkins’ wife Rose and their daughter Katie, who was 17, managed to escape the inferno but both suffered lung and breathing problems as a result of the blaze.
George-Davies was convicted of murder and jailed for 22 years but died in prison in 2014 aged 58.
During the trial, brave Katie, who badly damaged her voice box in the fire, gave evidence which helped convict her father’s killer.
After he was jailed, Judge Alistair McGreath commended Katie’s bravery, describing the details of the case as “absolutely horrifying.”
Tragically, after years of battling breathing problems, Katie died on June 28, just hours after her son William was stillborn.
Mrs Perkins, 48, now claims her daughter and grandson were murdered by George-Davies “from beyond the grave”.
She said: “He (George-Davies) not only cheated his sentence when he died but his crimes have killed my daughter and her son.
“He should have rotted in prison for 20 years.
“He’s scum. He has caused so much pain it is unbelievable.
“He’s tortured me for eight years. It slowly killed Katie. He’s killed them all. He took Katie away from us. He even took the baby.
“I hope he rots in hell. I have lost the closest thing I have in my life – my daughter.
“The only reason I’m carrying on is for her daughter (Poppy). There aren’t the words to explain how I feel. I’m empty and lost.”
The tragic sequence of events started when George-Davies went to the Perkins’ home in Malvern, Worcs., on October 12, 2008, after answering an advert for some puppies which were for sale.
George-Davies, who was known to the family, had a drink with Mrs Perkins but was thrown out when he exposed his private parts to Katie.
Three hours later he returned to the house with a can of petrol and set fire to the property while everyone was asleep inside.
Katie and her mum woke up and were able to scramble out of the house but Mr Perkins was overcome by the choking fumes.
George-Davies was arrested days later and in August 2009 was jailed for 22 after he was convicted of murder.
After the fire Katie spent four weeks in intensive care at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, after suffering from collapsed lungs.
While recovering, Katie was resuscitated more than three times.
Despite her injuries, she found love and went on to marry Chris, 34, and the couple
had a daughter, Poppy, now four, and were delighted when she fell pregnant again with a boy.
But eight months into the pregnancy, Katie was rushed to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and on June 27 was devastated when baby William was stillborn.
Tragically, Katie died the following day on June 28 after suffering complications.
Mrs Perkins, who now lives in Evesham, Worcs., said: “Katie would do anything for anyone.
“She was a kind person with a heart of gold. If she saw somebody down she would soon pick them up.
“She was very family-orientated. She loved being a mum and was looking forward to having her second baby.”
“Katie was my only daughter and the baby of the family.
“She was always fit and healthy, she never went out clubbing or got into trouble.
“But every since the fire when she was 17, she had suffered every single day after that.
“Our family is definitely being haunted from beyond the grave.
“He (George-Davies) served five years in prison for effectively killing three of my loved ones.
“What’s five years when I no longer have my husband, my only daughter and my
“He had an easy way out and I will never get over that.
“I suffered eight years ago when I lost my husband and now I’m suffering again.
“Everything is just coming back to me and it’s horrendous.
“We have to wait two to six months for the post-mortem results to come back, but in my head I know that my daughter was killed because of that fire.”
In another tragic blow to the family, Mrs Perkins’ mother-in-law Doreen died on June 9, with her funeral held on June 29, the day after Katie died.