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Huddersfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Three Generations Of A Family

The family died in a Birkby house fire in 2002.

A man has been convicted for the murders of three generations of the same family after a house fire in Birkby, Huddersfield in 2002.

Shahid Mohammed, aged 37, formerly of Huddersfield, stood trial for the murders of five children and three adults following a house fire on Osbourne Road.

The victims of the fire were Zaib-Un-Nisa, 54, Nafeesa Aziz, 35, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Rabina Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, 5, Aneesa Zawaz, 2, and Najeebah Nawaz, who was just six-months-old.

Following a five-week trial at Leeds Crown Court, Mohammed was today found guilty by a jury of eight counts of murder of five children and three adults, and of one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

He will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Mohammed was extradited back to the United Kingdom in October last year, by officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, with the support of the National Crime Agency, the British High Commission in Islamabad, and the Crown Prosecution Service and local authorities in Pakistan.

He had been held in prison in Pakistan since he was located and arrested in Rawalpindi on 22 January 2015 following a joint operation between West Yorkshire Police, the NCA and Pakistani authorities.

This was just the second extradition from Pakistan in more than 10 years. Mohammed Zubair was extradited from Pakistan in May 2016 and was found guilty of murder at Bradford Crown Court in February 2017. His extradition also followed an investigation and extradition request from West Yorkshire Police.

 

 

Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Wallen, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Today marks an important milestone in this case; I am pleased to say that we have finally secured justice for the Chishti family and Shahid Mohammed has been convicted for his involvement in this horrific incident, which claimed the lives of eight innocent people, 5 of who were children.

“This incident remains the biggest single event of multiple murders that West Yorkshire Police has investigated. It has been an extensive and protracted enquiry with a large team of detectives tirelessly working to secure justice for the family. At the end of last year, we were successfully able to extradite Mohammed from Pakistan with the assistance and support and several agencies both here in the UK and abroad.

“Since 2002, the Chishti family has shown nothing but dignity throughout this unimaginable tragedy for their family. I would like to express my greatest condolences and gratitude to them for all these years and I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict handed to Mohammed after he attempted to evade justice for so many years.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager, Chris Kirby, said: “This was a tragic incident which had a devastating impact on the family and the wider community, as well as being distressing for the firefighters and investigators who dealt with the aftermath.

“In this case the speed and ferocity of the fire gave little chance of escape due to accelerants being used.  We condemn deliberate fire setting in any circumstances however the details of this case are particularly abhorrent.”

 

 

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