Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

18-year-old Arrested over Leicester house fire that killed Pakistani family

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murders of four members of the same Pakistani family who were killed in a house fire in Leicester.

The deadly blaze occurred in the Wood Hill area of the city in the early hours of Friday, 13 September and claimed the lives of Shehnila Taufiq, 44, and her three children Zainab, 19, Bilal, 17 and Jamal, 15.

Soon after the fire it was speculated that the fire may have been a "revenge attack" for the fatal stabbing of football coach Antoin Akpom, 20, in nearby Kent Street a few hours before the blaze.

Mrs Taufiq's neurosurgeon husband Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, who had been away on work in Dublin at the time of the incident, spoke of his grief at losing his "beautiful" wife and family and called for "justice to prevail".

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister, of Leicestershire Police, said there was no suspicion of a racially-motivated element to either the house fire deaths or the stabbing of Mr Akpom.

He said: “l would like to thank the people of Leicester for their support during this complex investigation and for coping so patiently with the disruption during this investigation and that of the murder of Antoin Akpom on Kent Street."



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