Two sentenced to life for murdering Dublin-based doctor's family in Leicester house fire

Wednesday 25 June 2014 22.32
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Shehnila Taufiq, Jamal, Bilal and Zainab died in the blaze
Shehnila Taufiq, Jamal, Bilal and Zainab died in the blaze
Dublin-based neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar lost his family in the blaze
Dublin-based neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar lost his family in the blaze

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a mother and three children in a house fire in the UK.

The victims were the family of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar.

Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her sons Jamal, 15, and Bilal, 17, and 19-year-old daughter Zainab died in the blaze at their terraced house in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of 13 September 2013.

Tristan Richards, 22, and Kemo Porter, 19, were sentenced to life in prison with minimum terms of 35 years and 25 years respectively at Nottingham Crown Court.

Prosecutors alleged the fire was a "retribution process" for the fatal stabbing of Antoin Akpom, 20, hours earlier, but that the killers attacked the wrong house.

During the two-month trial, the jury heard that football coach Mr Akpom had been stabbed in the back in a confrontation involving two 19-year-olds on 12 September.

Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said the defendants were friends of Mr Akpom and that hours later they mistakenly targeted the Taufiqs' house believing it to be the home of one of the 19-year-olds.

The prosecutor said: "They simply got the wrong house - a tragedy."