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Chatham fatal fire: Two men in court on murder charge

Chatham Hill fire
Image caption The fire began in the early hours of Saturday at a two-storey terraced house

Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of a mother and her 15-month-old son in a house fire in Kent.

Melissa Crook and her son Noah are believed to have died in the blaze at their house in Chatham on Saturday.

Ms Crook's estranged husband Danai Muhammadi, 23, of Coventry, and Farhad Mahmud, 35, of Maidstone, appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court charged with the murders.

No applications for bail were made.

Mr Muhammadi, of Britannia Street, and Mr Mahmud, of Kensington House, are also both charged with three counts of attempted murder.

They are due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court this Friday.

The fire began in the early hours of Saturday at a two-storey terraced house in Chatham Hill.

Three other people, Ms Crook's parents Mark and Amanda and her 21-year-old brother Bohdan, were also hurt in the incident.

Mr Crook, 49, remains in a life-threatening condition in East Grinstead Hospital, while his wife, 49, and son have been discharged.

A 21-year-old woman from Coventry is still being questioned about the incident.

A fourth person, a 37-year-old man from Coventry, has been released on police bail until 24 October.

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