Man cleared of Maidenhead arson attack murder

Amaar Najib
Image caption Najib will be sentenced at a later date

A man has been cleared of murdering a woman who died in an arson attack in Berkshire.

Saimah Ali, 23, was trapped and died in the blaze in Moor Lane, Maidenhead, in June last year.

Appearing at Reading Crown Court, Kanwarpal Singh, 18, from Rochfords Gardens, Slough, was cleared of five charges, including murder.

Amaar Najib, 20, of Slough, was found guilty on Friday of murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Mr Singh's girlfriend Navera Ahmed, 18, also of Rochfords Gardens, Slough, was cleared of murder on Thursday.

'No motive'

The jury at Reading Crown Court previously heard that 15 other people, including eight children, were in the property in Moor Lane at the time of the fire but most escaped unharmed.

Six litres of petrol had been poured on to the front door of the house and set alight on 25 June, the court heard.

Ms Ali, who had been sleeping in a bedroom at the top of the building, was trapped and could not be reached by firefighters.

She had been the first to alert emergency services to the fire.

The court previously heard there was no clear motive for the killing.

It had been alleged Najib started the fire, with Miss Ahmed and Mr Singh being involved.

Najib, of Wexford Road, Slough, was found not guilty of attempted murder while two alternative charges of manslaughter and arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered were dismissed.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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