Leicester

Leicester fire deaths: Five deny murder charges

Tristan Richards, 22, (far left) Akeem Jeffers, 21, Jackson Powell, 20, and Shaun Carter, 24
Image caption The four men and one youth denied the murder charges at Birmingham Crown Court

Five people have denied starting a fire at a Leicester house which killed a mother and her three children.

Shehnila Taufiq, 47, and her children Zainab, 19, Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, died in the fire in Wood Hill.

Shaun Carter, 24, Jackson Powell, 20, Akeem Jeffers, 21, Tristan Richards, 22, and a youth, deny four murder charges in connection with the fire.

They appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and will face a trial in Nottingham on 22 April.

Two other men, Hussain Hussain and Addul Hakim, both 19, also appeared in the dock.

They denied a charge of murdering football coach Antoin Akpom on 12 September.

The court was told the cases were linked but it was likely there would be separate trials.

The judge, Sir Charles Haddon-Cave QC, said there was enough "self-contained evidence" for separate trials.

The men accused of Mr Akpom's murder are expected to face trial at the start of April in Stafford.