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Woman denies murder of siblings killed in Brisbane house fire

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<p>April and Ian Bailey were found dead inside their burnt-out home at Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, on May 28, 2004.</p>

A five-year-old girl was found alive in a shed next to a burnt-out house containing the badly charred bodies of a man and woman, a court has heard.

Siblings April and Ian Bailey were found dead inside the house at Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, on May 28, 2004.

Danielle Lee Fels has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court today to murdering the siblings and setting the house alight.

Fels admitted to a friend she and others had taken part in a home invasion that "went too far", crown prosecutor Danny Boyle told the court.

She allegedly told the friend there were no drugs or money in the house.

Mr Boyle says it will be argued the house was set on fire to destroy evidence that could implicate those involved in the sibling's murder.

Firefighters made the "grim discovery" of the bodies when they responded to the house fire about 2pm, Mr Boyle told the court.

Ms Bailey's body was found in the dining area with a hunting knife nearby.

Mr Bailey's was found in the living room alongside a hook knife.

The five-year-old girl was holding a phone when she was found unharmed in a shed on the property.

The bodies of the two adults were so badly charred autopsies could not determine the cause of death, Mr Boyle said.

Evidence shows they were dead before being burned, he said.

Fels was charged about 12 years after the deaths.

The trial is expected to last about five weeks.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-woman-denies-murder-of-siblings-in-house-fire-brisbane-news/41398f4e-3799-44c3-9807-7304ec968ff3

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