Thursday 30 October 2014

Two men found guilty of murdering family of Dublin doctor in fire

Published 23/06/2014 | 15:25

The house in Leicester where the wife and three children of Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar were killed in a blaze

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.

Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar (centre) at Spinney Hill Park, Leicester, after the funeral prayers for his wife and children
Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar (centre) at Spinney Hill Park, Leicester, after the funeral prayers for his wife and children

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.

File photo dated 15/09/13 of 
a general view of the scene of the fatal house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester, as Kemo Porter and Tristan Richards have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 23, 2014. See PA story COURTS Fire. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
A general view of the scene of the fatal house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester, as Kemo Porter and Tristan Richards have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year

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.

Undated handout photo issued by Leicestershire Police of Kemo Porter who has been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 23, 2014. See PA story COURTS Fire. Photo credit should read: Leicestershire Police/PA Wire

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Undated handout photo issued by Leicestershire Police of Kemo Porter who has been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year

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.

Tristan Richards who has been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year
Tristan Richards who has been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year

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!'.

File photo dated 12/10/13 of Dr Taufiq Al Sattar (centre) praying over the coffins of his family who died in a suspect arson attack in Leicester as Kemo Porter and Tristan Richards have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year
Dr Taufiq Al Sattar (centre) praying over the coffins of his family who died in a suspect arson attack in Leicester as Kemo Porter and Tristan Richards have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year

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.

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