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Five Plead Not Guilty To House Fire Murder
Five people charged with the murder of a mother and her three children in a house fire have pleaded not guilty.
Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, died after their home in the Spinney Hills area of Leicester was set alight on September 13.
Their bodies were found in the upstairs bedrooms and an inquest, which was opened and adjourned last year, heard they died from the effects of smoke inhalation.
Akeem Jeffers, 21, Shaun Carter, 24, Jackson Powell, 20, Tristan Richards, 22, and a 17-year-old appeared in the dock at Birmingham Crown Court.
They are each charged with four counts of murder and spoke only to confirm their names and enter pleas.
A provisional trial date has been set for April 22 at Nottingham Crown Court and is due to last eight weeks.
Kemo Porter, 18, Aaron Webb, 20, and Nathaniel Mullings, 19, are all charged with four counts of murder and will appear before Birmingham Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on March 14.
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