Woman arrested after siblings murdered, set on fire

A WOMAN has been arrested over the shocking double murder of a brother and sister in southeast Queensland more than a decade ago.

April Bailey, 29, and her 31-year-old brother Ian were found dead inside their home which had been destroyed by fire at Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, in May 2004.

It’s believed the siblings had been murdered in their Warren Crescent home before their bodies and the dwelling was set on fire.


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One of the first frantic triple-0 calls made before the fire was lit is believed to have captured the scream of Mr Bailey.

A forensic examination of the scene allegedly found accelerants had been used near the siblings’ bodies.

The horrific crime was witnessed by Ms Bailey’s four-year-old daughter who was inside the house at the time.

Emergency services found the child pacing around the yard of the home while her mother and uncle laid dead inside.

Homicide detectives re-opened the cold case late last year to apply new forensic testing techniques and technology to evidence collected at the scene.

As a result, a 34-year-old woman was arrested this morning. She is currently assisting detectives with their inquiries.