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Four in court on murder charges over Leicester house fire

The family of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Muhammad Taufiq al Sattar were killed in the blaze earlier this month.

A local resident says a prayer outside the scene of the fatal house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester.
A local resident says a prayer outside the scene of the fatal house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester.
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Updated at 9.10pm

FOUR PEOPLE – INCLUDING a boy aged 16 have appeared in court in Leicester today, each charged with four counts of murder in relation to the house fire that  killed the family of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Muhammad Taufiq al Sattar.

The doctor’s wife Shehnila, their 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and teenage sons Jamal (15) and Bilal (17), died in the early hours of 13 September after a blaze broke out at their home.

According to Sky News, the four accused appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court this morning, confirming their names, ages and addresses in a hearing lasting under three minutes.

Jackson Powell (19), Nathaniel Mullings (19), Shaun Carter (24) and the 16-year-old youth – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were remanded in custody to appear again this coming Tuesday.

Another man, 18-year-old Kemo Anthony Porter, has also been charged with murder in connection with the case, and is due to appear in court again next Friday.

This article was originally posted at 2.28pm

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