Two men found guilty of murdering family of Dublin doctor in fire
Published 23/06/2014 | 15:25
Two men have been found guilty of murdering a mother and her three children in a botched revenge attack.
Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, all died when a fire engulfed their house in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of September 13 last year.
The victims, the family of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar, died in the fire.
Kemo Porter, 19, and Tristan Richards, 22, were found guilty of their murders at Nottingham Crown Court.
Five other defendants, Shaun Carter, 24, Nathaniel Mullings, 19, Jackson Powell, 20, Aaron Webb, 20, Aaron Jeffers, 21, and 17-year-old Cairo Parker were cleared of four counts of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
Prosecutors said the fire was "retribution" for the fatal stabbing of Antoin Akpom, 20, but that the killers attacked the wrong house.
During the two-month trial, the jury heard that football coach Mr Akpom had been stabbed in the back in a confrontation involving two 19-year-olds on September 12.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said the defendants were friends of Mr Akpom and that hours later they mistakenly targeted the Taufiqs' house believing it to be the home of one of the 19-year-olds.
The prosecutor said: ''They simply got the wrong house - a tragedy.''
As the manslaugther verdict on Parker was read out there were tears from the public gallery and cries of 'he's only a baby!'.
The judge Mr Justice John Griffith Williams lifted restrictions on naming Parker and said he would hear mitigation tomorrow afternoon before sentencing the defendants on Wednesday morning.