Firefighters found the body of 29-year-old Andrea Waddell in her first-floor flat in Upper Lewes Road, Brighton, East Sussex, shortly before midnight on October 15 last year.
Satellite installer Neil McMillan, 41, of Bennett Road, Brighton, denies murder, arson with intent to endanger life and arson being reckless as to whether to endanger lives.
She moved to Brighton about five years before her death and was described by Det Ch Insp Adam Hibbert as a “sociable girl who was well known in Brighton” but led a “relatively private life”.
She was not known to drink or take any drugs and was said to be very close to her family.
McMillan, who is in custody, will go on trial at Lewes Crown Court.
(Edited for clarity)
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