Leicester fatal fire: Seven appear in court for murder

The fire-hit house in Leicester
Image caption The family were found dead after the fire on 13 September

Seven people have appeared in court charged with the murder of a mother and her three children who died in a house fire in Leicester.

Kemo Porter, 18, Nathaniel Mullings, Jackson Powell, Aaron Webb, all 19, Akeem Jeffers, 21, Shaun Carter, 24, and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named, were remanded in to custody.

All seven defendants spoke only to confirm their names.

They were ordered to reappear at Leicester Crown Court on 27 January.

The seven are each charged with the murders of Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15.

They died when flames engulfed their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of 13 September.

Porter, of Browning Street; Mullings of Farringdon Street; Powell, of Burnside Road; Webb, of Saltersford Road; Carter, of Franche Road, all in Leicester, and Jeffers, of Buslingthorpe Lane, Leeds, were present for the four-minute hearing.

The court heard a trial in the case is likely to last for at least eight weeks.

Detectives have been examining possible links between the suspected arson attack and the fatal stabbing of youth football coach Antoin Akpom in Leicester on 12 September.

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