Leicester fatal fire: Men in court accused of murder

The fire-hit house in Leicester The family were found dead after the fire on 13 September

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Two men accused of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester have appeared in court.

Aaron Webb, 19, and Akeem Jeffers, 21, appeared before magistrates in the city charged with the murders of Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday.

The four family members died when flames engulfed their home in Wood Hill on 13 September.

Mr Webb, of Saltersford Road, Leicester, and Mr Jeffers, of Carr Mills, Buslingthorpe, Leeds, spoke only to confirm their names, addresses, dates of birth and to agree that they understood the charges.

Seven people have now been charged in connection with the fire.

Shaun Carter, 24, Jackson Powell, 19, and Nathaniel Mullings, 19, appeared alongside a 16-year-old at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Saturday, each facing four counts of murder.

They were remanded in custody and will appear at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Kemo Porter, 18, is also facing the same charges. He was remanded into custody earlier this month at Leicester Crown Court to appear for a plea and case management hearing on Friday.

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