09-13-2013, 10:43 AM #1
UK - Shehnila Taufiq, 47, & 3 teens die in Leicester arson fire, 13 Sept 2013
'Please save my children': Neurosurgeon's wife's heartrending cry as she and 3 teenagers
die in house arson police say may have been revenge attack for nearby murder. (Daily Mail)
Mother and her three children found in an upstairs bedroom following fire
Police have confirmed they are treating their deaths as murder
Witness have described the scene as 'something from a horror movie'
Officers are also investigating links to murder in the city hours earlier
Police examining if the fire was a revenge attack for earlier murder
Children's father is returning from Ireland where he is a neurosurgeon
Neighbours and friends have paid tribute to 'spiritual and humble' family
Leicester fire deaths: Murder probe starts after family killed. (BBC News)
Leicester house fire: Live updates after family are killed by blaze in possible 'revenge' attack for man's murder. (Mirror)
09-13-2013, 10:51 AM #2
Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister's full statement on the events of the last 24 hours from this afternoon's press conference:
"We are investigating the murder of a young man in Leicester who has not been formally identified but we believe is a man in his twenties who lives locally.
Officers attended Kent Street at around 5.30pm last night and found a man who had been assaulted.
He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment where he has since sadly died. At this stage we are unable to confirm how he died – a post mortem is due to take place later today.
The immediate area and surrounding roads continue to be cordoned off whilst officers deal with the incident and to allow for a full forensic examination of the scene.
In addition to this incident, police received a call from the fire service at around 12.35am this morning following a report of a fire at a house on Wood Hill in Leicester.
On attendance it was reported that occupants were still inside the property and four people were unfortunately found deceased in the house.
The fire, which caused extensive damage to the property, has been extinguished and the property has been cordoned off.
The circumstances and cause of the fire are currently under investigation and we can confirm we are treating this as suspicious and a murder investigation has begun.
These are both very serious incidents and investigations are in their very early stages to establish if there are any links between the two.
We have extra patrols in the area to reassure local residents and we are continuing to liaise with community leaders.
Importantly I am here today to appeal to anyone who may have any information to please contact us. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the Kent Street area around 5.30pm yesterday evening or the Wood Hill area around 12.30am this morning. If there is anyone who may have witnessed this assault or saw any suspicious activity in relation to the fire, we would urge them to get in touch with us as soon as possible by calling us on 101.
I have every confidence in the ability in of Leicestershire Police and our colleagues at EMSOU to fully investigate these terrible crimes and bring those responsible to justice."
09-13-2013, 08:22 PM #3
Leicester house fire and stabbing: twin murder inquiries launched. (Guardian)
Three 19-year-olds arrested in connection with stabbing of man hours before woman and her children died in blaze
more at the links
Leicester house fire: Mum and three teenagers killed 'in revenge attack gone wrong' (Mirror, with videos)
A mum and her three *youngsters died today in a house fire police believe was a revenge attack by ****s who targeted the wrong home.
Police said they were linking the arson attack to the murder of a footballer Antoin Akpom hours earlier less than a mile away from the home in Spinney Hills Leicester.
The player, in his 20s and with a young son, was stabbed to death yesterday evening.
12-02-2015, 04:39 PM #4
From June 2014:
Shehnila Taufiq, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, died in the early hours of 13 September last year, when their terraced house in Wood Hill, Leicester, was engulfed in the flames of a petrol-fuelled fire.
Kemo Porter, 19, and Tristan Richards, 22, were both found guilty of murder following a two-month trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Six other defendants: Shaun Carter, 24; Nathaniel Mullings, 19; Jackson Powell, 20; Aaron Webb, 20, Akeem Jeffers, 21 and 17-year-old Cairo Parker, were cleared of four counts of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
Two men have been jailed for life over a botched revenge attack in which the wife and three children of a Dublin-based surgeon were killed.
Tristan Richards (22) was told he would serve a minimum of 35 years for his part in the murders... His accomplice Kemo Porter (19) was given a 25 year minimum term...
Carter was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Mullings was handed 15 years detention in a young offender institution. Webb, Powell and Jeffers were each sentenced to 12 years in prison. Parker, on account of his age, was given eight years detention.
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