Four charged with murder of family of Dublin-based doctor

Saturday 28 September 2013 22.33
Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, and Jamil, were all killed in the blaze
Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, and Jamil, were all killed in the blaze

Three men and a youth have appeared in court in the UK charged with murder over a house fire in which the wife and three children of a Dublin-based doctor were killed.

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.

They each face four charges of murder in relation to a house fire in the Wood Hill area of Leicester in the early hours of 13 September.

Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 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, with a plea and case management hearing due to take place at the city's crown court on 12 October.

Two men, aged 20 and 19, remain in police custody after being arrested in connection with the fire.

Separately, 18-year-old Kemo Porter has already been charged with four counts of murder in relation to the blaze and is due to appear back at the crown court next week.

Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar, whose wife and teenage children died in the fire, is a neurosurgeon who works in a number of hospitals in Ireland including Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.