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Two guilty of the murder of Dublin doctor's family

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The husband of a woman and three children who died in an arson attack on their home has said he has no hatred for the eight men convicted over their deaths.

Shehnila Taufiq (47), her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal (17) and Jamal (15), all died when a fire engulfed their house in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of September 13 last year.

The Sattar family is highly respected within the Muslim community in Ireland.

Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, a neurosurgeon who works in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital, was left devastated in the attack that killed his family. He was in Ireland at the time of the murders.

Last night, he said: "You hate crime. You don't hate individual people."

Kemo Porter (19) and Tristan Richards (22) were found guilty of their murders at Nottingham Crown Court.

Six other defendants were cleared of four counts of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. They will be sentenced tomorrow.

Prosecutors said the fire was "retribution" for the fatal stabbing of Antoin Akpom (20), but that the killers attacked the wrong house.

Speaking after the verdicts, an emotional Dr Taufiq paid tribute to his family, calling them "four amazing human beings". He said they were a charitable family who dedicated their lives to the needy.

He said: "My beloved wife and three beautiful children I can say they were really extraordinary people. They were very charitable. They had a strong concern for the welfare of others. They had devoted their lives to a dream to give to others, the needy, the less privileged and the misguided. Four amazing human beings. "

He added: "The ultimate goal of these four amazing people was to live and work together with a primary aim to serve community and humanity."

Leicestershire Police Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister paid tribute to Dr Taufiq.

He said: "It is difficult to understand how someone could cope with this but Dr Taufiq has done so with the greatest amount of dignity and courage. My hope is that he can begin to move on from this devastating tragedy and continue to draw the immense strength from his religion to be the inspiring man I believe he is."

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