Chatham arson murder trial

The trial of three people accused of murdering three generations of the same family in an arson attack at their home in Chatham in Kent has started.

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Court to see cctv of fire that killed mother and baby

Melissa Crook and her baby son died in a fire at their Chatham home

A murder trial jury has been told it will see CCTV showing the fire started in an arson attack at Chatham, Kent, which killed 20 year old Melissa Crook, her baby son and her father.

Mrs Crook's estranged husband Danai Muhammadi, 24, Muhammadi's girlfriend Emma Smith, 21, and friend Farhad Mahmud, 35, deny three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The jury are now being shown mobile phone and traffic camera records charting Muhammadi's movements on the night of the fire.

The trial continues at Maidstone Crown Court.

Arson murder trial - day three

A firefighter has told of his desperate search for survivors after an arson attack in Chatham. Stephen Enright took the stand at Maidstone Crown Court in the trial of the man accused of killing Melisssa Crook, her father Mark and her baby son Noah. John Ryall was in court.


Fatal arson trial continues

The murder trial continues into the deaths of Melissa Crook from Chatham, her baby son and her father after an arson attack on their home in Kent.

Steve Enright the first firefighter on scene, told the court: "We were there three minutes after the 999 call. Already it was an intense fire that had spread right through the house".

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