Bradford brothers convicted following death of family in arson attack

24/01/2011

Asjid Mahmood was found guilty of murder and his brother Arshed Mahmood of manslaughter, following the deaths of a family of three in an arson attack in Bradford, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Malcolm Taylor, from CPS Yorkshire and Humbersides Complex Casework Unit said:

"This was a particularly tragic and senseless crime. A much-loved young mother and her two young children all lost their lives in a house fire deliberately set by the defendants.

 "Throughout the case we worked closely with colleagues at West Yorkshire Police to build a very strong prosecution case.  The meticulous nature of the evidence gathering led to a robust case implicating both defendants in the clearest possible way.

"Our thoughts today must be with the family of Iram, Alina and Aman, whose family have shown immense dignity in the face of great grief and loss.  I hope that today's result will bring them some small measure of closure."