Four in court charged with murder over blaze deaths of surgeon's family
THREE men and a youth have appeared in court charged with murder over a house fire which killed the wife and three children of a Muslim Irish-based doctor.
Shaun Carter, 24, Jackson Powell, 19, and Nathaniel Mullings, also 19, all appeared alongside a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at Leicester Magistrates' Court in Britain.
They each face four charges of murder in relation to a deadly house fire in the Wood Hill area of Leicester in the early hours of September 13 which wiped out the entire family of Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, a well-known neurosurgeon who works at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
Dr Taufiq Al Sattar's wife Shehnila Taufiq, 47, their daughter Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, were all killed in the blaze.
The four defendants were remanded in custody for a bail hearing on Tuesday. Two men, aged 20 and 19, remain in police custody after being arrested in connection with the fire. Separately, Kemo Porter, 18, has already been charged with four counts of murder in relation to the blaze and is due back at the crown court next week.
TEENAGE GIRL IS KILLED CROSSING THE N11
A TEENAGE girl was killed after she was hit by a car while crossing the Stillorgan dual carriageway in Dublin.
The accident happened on the N11 southbound, near the junction with the Kilmacud Road at around 9.15pm on Friday.
Gardai say the 16-year-old died at the scene after she was struck while attempting to cross the road. Her body was removed to St Vincent's Hospital.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Blackrock Garda Station on (01) 666 5200, the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666111) or at any garda station.
NO WINNER OF &EURO;3.5M LOTTO JACKPOT
TheRE was no winner of last night's €3,538,428 Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 19, 24, 32, 33, 37, 43 (bonus 35). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 23, 25, 29, 33, 34 (bonus 37) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 13, 19, 32, 39, 44 (bonus 18).
In the UK draw for stg3.6m the numbers were: 14, 12, 48, 46, 10, 25 (bonus 31).
SINN FEIN 'SPLIT' ON NORTH, SAYS DUP
SINN Fein has denied that there is a rift between Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness over comments made by Mr Adams in the Dail, suggesting that powersharing in the North is in crisis.
The Louth TD's comments were followed up by Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly, who added that some republicans were asking him what they were doing at Stormont in what is seen as a carefully choreographed media strategy.
But the North's Deputy First Minister, Mr McGuinness, made no public comment on Mr Adams's remarks, prompting suggestions from the Democratic Unionist Party that he was distancing himself from Mr Adams.
A DUP source said: "There is no threat to power sharing and the relationship between the First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister is workmanlike. The problem is within Sinn Fein and between Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness."
However, a spokesman for Martin McGuinness said the two senior republicans were united: "This is just spin from the DUP. Different words are used to say the same thing."
PART OF MAN'S EAR BITTEN OFF IN ASSAULT
A MAN had part of his ear bitten off during a vicious assault. The victim, 37, was rushed to hospital after the attack at Sullivan Place in Holywood, Co Down, yesterday morning. A 44-year-old man was arrested but has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries. A PSNI spokesman issued an appeal for witnesses.
BOMB PARTS WERE NEW, SAY GARDAI
KEY bomb parts seized in Co Clare last weekend were of new manufacture and did not come from old Provisional IRA arms dumps, garda sources say.
The 'timer-power units' (TPUs) were manufactured in recent times and gardai say they are identical to those manufactured in the latter stages of the Provisional IRA's campaign. It is almost certain, they say, that a former Provisional bomb maker made the devices for the dissident 'Real' IRA.
TPUs, first designed and built for the Provisional IRA by a Dublin college lecturer in the early 1990s, are the key part of the massive bombs and mortars that the Provisionals manufactured and used right up to 1996.
No explosives were found with the large weapons and ammunition haul found near Ardacrusha last Saturday. Gardai expect to make arrests.
GUESTS STRANDED AS FERRY LINK STOPS
A FERRY link to a Waterford island hotel resort has stopped running again in a continuing dispute which has left guests stranded. The row is between the receiver at Waterford Castle and the ferry operator.
Located on an island in the River Suir near the city centre, the luxury complex includes a hotel, golf club and lodges. The ferry link operator decided to stop the service at around 8pm on Friday.
It was thought the dispute had been resolved when services resumed after two hours but sailings were suspended again yesterday. The hotel went into receivership a few months ago but is still operating.
Gardai were present but officers said the matter was a civil dispute.
&EURO;70M NEEDED TO RESCUE CREDIT UNION
TAXPAYERS will have to find €70m to plug a huge hole in the accounts at Newbridge Credit Union. The figure was revealed at a meeting between Finance Minister Michael Noonan and the Save Newbridge Credit Union campaign group – which is trying to keep control of the community lender and effectively lessen the blow to the taxpayer.
The €70m hole is almost double the €40m that it was feared would be needed to bail out the credit union.