A father has been charged with murdering his two young children in a house blaze, which broke out in October last year. Forty six year old Endris Mohammed is alleged to have killed little Saros Endris, eight, and his sister Leanor Endris, six, in the fire.
The siblings died in the blaze at their family home in Hamstead. Mohammed has now been charged in connection with the incident, after he was released from hospital where he was treated for burns suffering in a car fire in Staffordshire, which is understood to have broken out following the house fire.
Horrified neighbours dashed to the property to held the children’s mother and the two youngster following the fire. However, the brother and sister could not be saved and died later in hospital. Mohammed is now due to appear at court where he will face charges of murdering the little boy and girl, as well as of attempting to murder their mother Penil Teklehaimanot.
Post mortem examinations have already been carried out on the youngsters and a number of forensic tests are still ongoing to establish the exact cause of death. It is not yet clear whether they died of smoke inhalation or injuries caused during the blaze or whether there are any other circumstances surrounding their death.
After the house blaze, a police cordon was thrown up around the home and others in the street while evidence gathering continued. A sea of tributes was placed as close to the house as well wishers could get, with neighbours leaving flowers, teddy bears and dolls in tribute to the tragic siblings.
One firefighter returned to the scene after tackling the blaze. He said that nothing could prepare you for the loss of two young children’s lives. He added that he had gone back home that night and given his own daughter an early Christmas present, feeling thankful for his own family.