Leicester Fire: 18-year-old charged over four killed in the blaze
An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murders of four members of the same family who were killed in a house fire.
Leicestershire Police said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had authorised the force to charge the man in relation to a deadly house blaze in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of Friday, 13 September.
Shehnila Taufiq, in her 40s, and her three children Bilal, 17, Jamal, 15 and Zainab, 19, died in the fire.
Mrs Taufiq's husband Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, a neurosurgeon - who was not in the house at the time, spoke of his grief at losing his “beautiful” wife and family.
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, separately, the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Antoin Akpom elsewhere in the city a few hours before the blaze.
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.
“As a chief officer with Leicestershire Police I will continue to oversee the investigation and the wider impact on people in the city but the day-to-day investigation will continue to be run by the senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Kate Meynell.
“People will be pleased to hear the specialist support we have already provided to both of the victims' families will continue.”
He added: “We do not believe at this moment either the murder of Mr 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 yesterday, charged with Mr Akpom's murder.
He was found fatally wounded in Kent Street at 5.30pm on Thursday, a few hours before the deadly fire.
Additional reporting by PA
Hilary Swank: Million Dollar Baby star says she turns down roles to care for elderly father
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
Eiji Tsuburaya's 114th birthday: Monster movie pioneer honoured in interactive Google Doodle
Bakery sends 'horrific' version of Frozen-themed birthday cake to unsuspecting customer
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words