Man who murdered family in arson attack is jailed for life

A man who murdered eight members of a family in an arson attack in Huddersfield 17 years ago has been jailed for life and told he will serve a minimum of 23 years.

The judge who sentenced Shahid Mohammed at Leeds Crown Court looked looked visibly upset as he praised those who survived the fire, saying: "I know that they would have given their own lives to save the others."

In a statement read to the court, Mohammed Shafique, one of those who survived the blaze said: "The sight of seeing your youngest brother and son desperately trying but failing to escape from the family home will live with us until the day we die."

Shahid Mohammed, wearing a blue shirt and tie, showed no reaction as he was told the length of his sentence.

He was convicted on Tuesday afternoon of eight counts of murder, against five children and three adults who were all related.

The house fire in Birkby, Huddersfield, that killed the Chisti family was said to have been provoked by a long-held family grudge relating to Mohammed's sister.

He was investigated by police shortly after the blaze in May 2002, but fled toPakistan while others stood trial, only being extradited back to the UK lastyear.

The victims of the fire were Zaib-Un-Nisa, 54, Nafeesa Aziz, 35, MrAteeq-ur-Rehman, 18, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Rabina Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Zawaz, two, and Najeebah Nawaz, who was six months old.

The Chisti fam