Leicester Fire: Dad Speaks

The husband of a woman and three children who died in an arson attack on their home says he has no hatred for the eight men convicted over their deaths.

Eight men have been convicted of killing Dr Muhammad Taufiq's family in the Wood Hill area last September.

The group were taking revenge, but attacked the wrong house.

Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, all died when a fire engulfed their house in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of September 13 last year.

Dr Taufiq talks to Capital

Revenge attack that went wrong

Kemo Porter, 19, and Tristan Richards, 22, were found guilty of their murders at Nottingham Crown Court.

Prosecutors had said the blaze was a "retribution process" for the fatal stabbing of Antoin Akpom, 20, hours earlier, but that the killers attacked the wrong house.

Shaun Carter, 24, was found not guilty of four counts of murder but guilty of four counts of manslaughter.

Nathaniel Mullings, 19, Jackson Powell, 20, Aaron Webb, 20, Aaron Jeffers, 21 and 17-year-old Cairo Parker were all also cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

'He's only a baby'

As the verdict for the 17-year-old was read out there were tears from the public gallery and cries of "he's only a baby!".

During the two-month trial, the jury heard football coach Mr Akpom had been stabbed in the back in a confrontation involving two 19-year-olds on September 12.

Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said the defendants were friends of Mr Akpom and they mistakenly targeted the Taufiqs' house, in the belief it was home to one of those involved in the confrontation.

The prosecutor said: "They simply got the wrong house, a tragedy."

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