Man in court over house fire

Police investigating a fire which killed a mother and her three children in Leicester have charged an 18-year-old man with murder.

Kemo Anthony Porter has appeared in court.

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Leicester fire: father was due to be at home

A father whose wife and three children were killed in a suspected arson attack in Leicester has said he had planned to be with his family on the night of the blaze.

Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, a neurosurgeon working in Ireland at the time, said he believes that it was God's will that he was not killed along with his wife and teenage children.

18-year-old Kemo Anthony Porter appeared in court earlier today charged with murdering Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15.

"Initially I planned that if I could come one day before so that I could spend an extra day with Jamil. But it was not possible.

"God did not want that I should be in the house at that time on that Friday night ... otherwise I could be burned as well. God did not plan it like that."

– Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar

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