Three men guilty of murdering five people following shop explosion

|News, Violent crime

Three men who caused an explosion in a shop which killed five people have today (28 December) been convicted of murder.

Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawker Hassan used petrol to start a fire in the shop Kurd was renting on Hinckley Road in Leicester on 25 February this year. They planned the explosion to profit from a £300,000 insurance claim.

Five people were killed in the explosion, including an associate of the group, Viktorija Ijevleva, who was working in the shop at the time.

All three defendants were each found guilty of five counts of murder at Leicester Crown Court following a trial.

They were sentenced on 18 January and all jailed for life.

Janine Smith, from the CPS, said: “This incident and the tragic loss of life shocked the community. The evidence presented by the CPS showed that the defendants intended to kill Viktorija Ijevleva to prevent her from revealing their plan and to increase their share of the insurance claim.

“The law is clear – acts intended to kill or cause serious harm are murder. Whilst they set out to kill Ms Ijevleva they were well aware that their actions would put the lives of the people in the flat upstairs in danger. Tragically the Ragobeer family and Leah Reek also lost their lives in the explosion. These defendants are therefore guilty of murdering all five victims.

“The loss of these innocent lives for the pursuit of financial gain is a particularly distressing part of this case. My thoughts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones of all the victims.”

Notes to editors

  • Janine Smith is a Chief Crown Prosecutor with CPS East Midlands
  • Aram Kurd (21.03.84) was charged with and found guilty of five counts of murder. He was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 38 years.
  • Hawkar Hassan (20.10.85) was charged with and found guilty of five counts of murder. He was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 33 years.
  • Arkan Ali (12.12.80) was charged with and found guilty of five counts of murder. He was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 38 years.
     

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