The eight defendants convicted for their role in an arson attack that killed an Irish neurosurgeon’s family, were yesterday sentenced for a total of 132 years.
Dr Mohammed Taufiq Sattar, based at Beaumont Hospital since 1995, lost his wife Shehnila Taufiq, daughter Zainab, 20, and sons Bilal, 18, and Jamal in Leicester last September.
Mr Justice Griffith Williams sentenced the defendants at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, expressing his horror at the loss of innocent lives.
“There was significant degree of premeditation and planning, there was the use of petrol as an accelerant and this was group offending,” he said.
“That the victims were the wholly innocent and worthy Mrs Taufiq and her three children, who on any view were forces for good in the community, makes the offending even more heinous.”
Dr Sattar, originally from Karachi Pakistan, had spoken to his family just half an hour before the attack, thought to be a case of mistaken identity.
Kemo Anthony Porter, 18, and Tristan Richards, 23, both of Leicester were convicted of murder.
Mr Justice Williams sentenced Richards to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years for each count and Porter to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years for each count.
Shaun Carter, 24, Nathaniel Jarvis Mullings, 19, Jackson George Powell, 20, Aaron Moses Webb, 20, Akeem Tesfatyrone Jeffers, 21, and Cairo Parker, 17, all of Leicester were convicted of manslaughter.
Carter and Mullings received 15 years for each count, Webb, Jeffers and Powell were sentenced to 12 years for each count and Parker was sentenced to eight years for each count.
Dr Sattar’s wife could be heard screaming “save my children” moments before the blaze made it impossible for them to escape the house.
Earlier in the evening of September 12 a street knife attack left a Antoin Akpom, a known associate of the defendants, dead from a single stab wound.
The defendants were picked up on CCTV driving around the local area, before leaving their cars outside the Wood Hill property where a fireball appeared.
The family were unable to escape from the property and all died within the house. from smoke inhalation.
The family had moved to Ireland from Saudi Arabia in 1995 when Dr Sattar was offered a job as a consultant neurosurgeon at Beaumont Hospital.
Mum Shehnila and children moved to Leicester five years ago so the children could continue their Islamic studies.
Dr Sattar travelled over to the UK every second weekend while the family would come back to Ireland regularly.
As reported in the Irish World, as many as 2,000 people turned out for the family funeral in Blanchardstown, North Dublin last October.
Dr Sattar said at the time that he felt like a “bird without wings”.