23/06/2014 East Midlands Today


23/06/2014

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Coventry teenagers who have Coventry teenagers who have

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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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Eight men have been convictdd of killing an innocent family

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after setting fire to their home in a botched revenge attack.

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A mum and her three teenage children all died in the bl`ze.

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Their house was targeted by mistake by a gang intent on avenging the

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A jury found two men guilty of murder and six of manslatghter.

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It's left a husband and father mourning the loss

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Today Dr Muhammad Taufiq was in court and spoke afterwards to

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My beloved wife and three beautiful children `

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I can say they were really extraordinary pdople.

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They had a strong concern for the welfare of others,

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They had devoted their lives to a dream to give to others `

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the needy, the less privileged and the misguided.

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The verdicts today brought an end to the search for justice

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for an innocent family caught up in what was described

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The case has lasted many wedks at Nottingham Crown Court.

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Sarah Teale reports on how those terrible and tragic events tnfolded.

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In the space of just seven hours, five people were killed

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in this small multicultural community in Leicester.

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It started with the fatal stabbing of footb`ll coach

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Antoin Akpom and it ended whth the deaths of an innocent f`mily of

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Dr Muhammad Taufiq was in Dtblin, where he worked

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Late that night, he had phoned, speaking to each member

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His wife Shehnila, his daughter 19`year`old Zainab,

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and finally his sons, 17`ye`r`old Bilal and 15`year`old Jamal.

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We were five in total and now I am left alone.

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I can only begin to try and imagine what it must be like to losd all

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He got home on that Friday morning to fhnd that

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his family had been killed `nd it's just incomprehensible how you would

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With the help of phone records and hours of CCTV, they werd

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building up a dossier of evhdence which placed eight of the g`ng

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All Antoin's friends, fuelled with anger and thoughts

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This was their intended target, number 52,

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the family home of Abdul Hakim, one of the men that they believed to

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Instead, they targeted numbdr 5 where, inside, asleep and unaware

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of the danger, were Shehnil` Taufiq and her three children.

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It so unfortunate that the situation had arisen

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like this over a situation that had nothing to do with the family,

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The jury rejected claims from 22`year`old Tristan Richards,

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a convicted drug dealer, that he wasn't even there.

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In fact, he was the one who bought the petrol.

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They unanimously found him guilty of four counts of murder,

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along with 19`year`old Kemo Porter, whose DNA was found on the lighter.

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They returned unanimous verdict of manslaughter

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Porter and Carter were capttred on CCTV casually buying

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a takeaway chicken burger a short while after the fire broke out.

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Also found guilty of manslatghter by majority verdicts ` 19`ydar`old

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Nathaniel Mullings, 28`year`old Jackson Powell `nd Aaron

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Webb, 21`year`old Akeem Jeffers and 17`year`old Cairo Parker.

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`` 20`year`old Jackson Powell and parent web.

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CCTV shows four of the men ` Mullings, Powell, Parker and Jeffers

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` wandering through Leicestdr after fleeing the scene of the bl`ze.

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Nathaniel Mullings was later caught on camera disposing

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During the course of this investigation,

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the men all claimed their innocence, changing their stories

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Tonight, they face lengthy prison sentences for taking four innocent

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lives in their mistake in their mistaken pursuit for vengeance.

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A woman has spoken of the shocking moment when the police told her that

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the remains of a murdered couple had been found buried

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The victims had been there for 15 years.

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But now Sue Bramley says shd has no intention of moving.

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Mike O'Sullivan has this exclusive report.

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Sue Bramley showed me the back garden of her rentdd home

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By the fence, she's planted the miniature red rose

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bush in memory of William and Patricia Wycherley, whose rdmains

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How did you feel when the police told you thdre were

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Came home and then all thesd people started to arrive in white suits and

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I was just so emotional, knowing I'd lived here all this time and been

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Today at Nottingham Crown Court the Wycherleys' daughter Susan Ddwards

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and her husband Christopher from Dagenham were sentenced to life with

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They shot the couple in 1998 and buried the bodies, then convinced

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neighbours and relatives th`t the Wycherleys were still alive

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They stole ?245,000 from thd couple, including pensions and the sale

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Christopher Edwards still c`me back to check the garden.

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Shocked to know that I've bden here and he's been coming into mx garden.

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"Freaked out" probably was the word that came to my mind.

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Sue Bramley has no intention of moving out.

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She says she's had birthday parties for her daughter, now a teenager,

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That's your news, so it's goodbye from me.

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But with your weather now, here's Kaye.

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Four we've had a summary st`rt. Some warm sunshine and thunderstorms

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around. Still some heavy showers. Some clear spells towards the end of

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the night. A bit misty and lurky and another warm and muggy one with lows

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of 13 to 14. Tomorrow morning will start off dry and bright must

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sunshine around. We'll see cloud increasing through the afternoon. A

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cloudy and damp day tomorrow with temperatures up to around 20 or 21

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and as you can see from the outlook, it stays quite cool and clotdy for

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the rest Wednesday. Towards the end of The

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Week, it will be more unsettled Good evening to you. Well, for many

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of us, another fine day, a nice start to The Week, but not such a

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great end to Monday because across East Anglia and the south-east we

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had thunderstorms. Some big downpours, for example, over

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Cambridgeshire. Most of us missed that and it was a fine end to the

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day. Let's get on with the forecast. Tomorrow, more warm sunshine. It

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will be warm over the south of the country. If you live in Scotland, it

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will feel fresher. This

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