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And now the news for the East Midlands.
Eight men have been convictdd of killing an innocent family
after setting fire to their home in a botched revenge attack.
A mum and her three teenage children all died in the bl`ze.
Their house was targeted by mistake by a gang intent on avenging the
A jury found two men guilty of murder and six of manslatghter.
It's left a husband and father mourning the loss
Today Dr Muhammad Taufiq was in court and spoke afterwards to
My beloved wife and three beautiful children `
I can say they were really extraordinary pdople.
They had a strong concern for the welfare of others,
They had devoted their lives to a dream to give to others `
the needy, the less privileged and the misguided.
The verdicts today brought an end to the search for justice
for an innocent family caught up in what was described
The case has lasted many wedks at Nottingham Crown Court.
Sarah Teale reports on how those terrible and tragic events tnfolded.
In the space of just seven hours, five people were killed
in this small multicultural community in Leicester.
It started with the fatal stabbing of footb`ll coach
Antoin Akpom and it ended whth the deaths of an innocent f`mily of
Dr Muhammad Taufiq was in Dtblin, where he worked
Late that night, he had phoned, speaking to each member
His wife Shehnila, his daughter 19`year`old Zainab,
and finally his sons, 17`ye`r`old Bilal and 15`year`old Jamal.
We were five in total and now I am left alone.
I can only begin to try and imagine what it must be like to losd all
He got home on that Friday morning to fhnd that
his family had been killed `nd it's just incomprehensible how you would
With the help of phone records and hours of CCTV, they werd
building up a dossier of evhdence which placed eight of the g`ng
All Antoin's friends, fuelled with anger and thoughts
This was their intended target, number 52,
the family home of Abdul Hakim, one of the men that they believed to
Instead, they targeted numbdr 5 where, inside, asleep and unaware
of the danger, were Shehnil` Taufiq and her three children.
It so unfortunate that the situation had arisen
like this over a situation that had nothing to do with the family,
The jury rejected claims from 22`year`old Tristan Richards,
a convicted drug dealer, that he wasn't even there.
In fact, he was the one who bought the petrol.
They unanimously found him guilty of four counts of murder,
along with 19`year`old Kemo Porter, whose DNA was found on the lighter.
They returned unanimous verdict of manslaughter
Porter and Carter were capttred on CCTV casually buying
a takeaway chicken burger a short while after the fire broke out.
Also found guilty of manslatghter by majority verdicts ` 19`ydar`old
Nathaniel Mullings, 28`year`old Jackson Powell `nd Aaron
Webb, 21`year`old Akeem Jeffers and 17`year`old Cairo Parker.
`` 20`year`old Jackson Powell and parent web.
CCTV shows four of the men ` Mullings, Powell, Parker and Jeffers
` wandering through Leicestdr after fleeing the scene of the bl`ze.
Nathaniel Mullings was later caught on camera disposing
During the course of this investigation,
the men all claimed their innocence, changing their stories
Tonight, they face lengthy prison sentences for taking four innocent
lives in their mistake in their mistaken pursuit for vengeance.
A woman has spoken of the shocking moment when the police told her that
the remains of a murdered couple had been found buried
The victims had been there for 15 years.
But now Sue Bramley says shd has no intention of moving.
Mike O'Sullivan has this exclusive report.
Sue Bramley showed me the back garden of her rentdd home
By the fence, she's planted the miniature red rose
bush in memory of William and Patricia Wycherley, whose rdmains
How did you feel when the police told you thdre were
Came home and then all thesd people started to arrive in white suits and
I was just so emotional, knowing I'd lived here all this time and been
Today at Nottingham Crown Court the Wycherleys' daughter Susan Ddwards
and her husband Christopher from Dagenham were sentenced to life with
They shot the couple in 1998 and buried the bodies, then convinced
neighbours and relatives th`t the Wycherleys were still alive
They stole ?245,000 from thd couple, including pensions and the sale
Christopher Edwards still c`me back to check the garden.
Shocked to know that I've bden here and he's been coming into mx garden.
"Freaked out" probably was the word that came to my mind.
Sue Bramley has no intention of moving out.
She says she's had birthday parties for her daughter, now a teenager,
That's your news, so it's goodbye from me.
But with your weather now, here's Kaye.
Four we've had a summary st`rt. Some warm sunshine and thunderstorms
around. Still some heavy showers. Some clear spells towards the end of
the night. A bit misty and lurky and another warm and muggy one with lows
of 13 to 14. Tomorrow morning will start off dry and bright must
sunshine around. We'll see cloud increasing through the afternoon. A
cloudy and damp day tomorrow with temperatures up to around 20 or 21
and as you can see from the outlook, it stays quite cool and clotdy for
the rest Wednesday. Towards the end of The
Week, it will be more unsettled Good evening to you. Well, for many
of us, another fine day, a nice start to The Week, but not such a
great end to Monday because across East Anglia and the south-east we
had thunderstorms. Some big downpours, for example, over
Cambridgeshire. Most of us missed that and it was a fine end to the
day. Let's get on with the forecast. Tomorrow, more warm sunshine. It
will be warm over the south of the country. If you live in Scotland, it
will feel fresher. This