Monday 23 October 2017

Teen charged over house fire that killed doctor's family

Richard Vernalls

A TEENAGER has been charged with murder in connection with a house fire that killed four members of the family of Dublin-based doctor, Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar.

The 18-year-old male was charged in relation to a deadly house blaze in Leicester, in the early hours of Friday, September 13.

It claimed the lives of Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, her daughter Zainab (19) and sons Bilal (17) and Jamal (15).

The father of the family, Dr Al Sattar, was in Dublin at the time.

He is a consultant neurosurgeon and has been working in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and with private hospitals in the city, the Blackrock and Hermitage clinics.

EVIDENCE

Steve Chappell, chief crown prosecutor at CPS East Midlands, said lawyers had decided there was sufficient evidence to charge and that it was in the public interest for a prosecution to take place.

The man will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court today.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: "We do not believe at this moment that either the murder of Antoin Akpom or the murders on Wood Hill are racially motivated.

Separately, Abdul Hakim (19), of Wood Hill, Leicester, appeared at the city's magistrates court earlier this week, charged with 20-year-old Mr Akpom's murder.

Mr Akpom was found stabbed in Kent Street a few hours before the fatal blaze.

Irish Independent

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