A total of 134 years in jail for men who killed Dublin-based doctor's family

A total of 134 years in jail for men who killed Dublin-based doctor's family

THESE are the killers sentenced to 134 years behind bars after their “botched revenge attack” on the Leicester home of an Irish-based doctor killed his entire family.

Neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar was working in Dublin when the gang mistakenly set his home alight in the early hours of September 13, 2013.

The blaze killed his wife Shahnila, 47, their sons Jamal, 15, and Bilal, 17, and their 19-year-old daughter Zainab.

On Wednesday, eight men were jailed for their role in the attack, including two who were convicted of murder.

Tristan Richards, 23, and Kemo Porter, 19, must serve minimum terms of 35 years and 25 years respectively for the four deaths.

The remaining members of the gang were found guilty of manslaughter.

They were convicted at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday after a two-month trial that heard how they set fire to the wrong house.

They had intended to target the home of another man who they believed stabbed their friend hours earlier, Leicestershire Police said.

CCTV showed eight figures walking towards the house on the night of the attack before the fire was started when petrol was poured through the letterbox and then lit.

The Taufiq family were trapped inside and died from smoke inhalation.

Delivering the sentences, Mr Justice Griffith Williams told the court there was a “significant degree of premeditation and planning” to the attack.

He said Richards, of Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester, had gone to the scene with the petrol and Porter, of Browning Street, Leicester, with the lighter.

Their accomplices, Shaun Carter, 24, Nathaniel Mullings, 19, Jackson Powell, 20, Aaron Webb, 20, Akeem Jeffers, 21 and Cairo Parker, 17, were all found guilty of manslaughter.

Carter, of Franche Road, Leicester, and Mullings, of Farringdon Street, Leicester, were sentenced to 15 years.

Powell, of Burnside Road, Leicester, Webb, of Saltersford Road, Leicester and Jeffers, of Buslingthorpe Lane, Leeds were all sentenced to 12 years.

Parker, of Wood Hill, Leicester was sentenced to be detained for eight years.

“The horror of what then happened is all too apparent,” the judge said. “The quantity of petrol and the pouring of petrol through the letterbox provide the evidence the plan was that the house was to be consumed by fire, which took hold instantly and spread upstairs.

“'There was, and could not have been, any escape from that ferocious fire.”

Speaking at a press conference, Dr Taufiq said he felt no hatred towards the men convicted of killing his family.

“You hate crime, you don't hate individual people,” he said.

In a tribute to his family, Dr Taufiq added: “My beloved wife and three beautiful children I can say they were really extraordinary people.

“They were very charitable. They had a strong concern for the welfare of others even before their own comfort.

“They had devoted their lives to a dream to give to others, the needy, the less privileged and the misguided. Four amazing human beings. ”

The doctor also said he would be selling the family's house in Leicester and returning to Dublin to continue his work as a pediatric neurosurgeon.