Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Three men appear in court over fatal Leicester explosion

Three men appear in court over fatal Leicester explosion

Three men have appeared in court charged over a shop explosion in Leicester which killed five people.

Two other men from East Anglia were arrested in connection with the incident on Friday but have since been released under investigation.

On Saturday, police charged Arkan Ali, 37, Hawkar Hassan, 32, and Aram Kurd, 33, with manslaughter and arson with intent to endanger life.

Mr Kurd, of Hillary Place, Leicestershire, Mr Hassan, of no fixed address and Mr Ali, of Drake Close, Oldham, will appear at Leicester Crown Court on 3 April via video link.

Prosecutor Zoe Lee said: "A call was received by the police by a member of the public stating that an explosion was heard".

Brothers Shane and Sean Ragoobeer, Leah Reek and Viktorija Ijevleva have been named by police as victims.

Five people died in the explosion on Sunday 25th February.

Police have refused to comment on local media reports claiming the explosion at the two-storey building may have been caused by an illegal alcohol distillery. Five other people were injured, one critically.

Their mother, 46-year-old Mary Ragoobeer, is yet to be formally identified but police said the fifth body is believed to be of the local cafe worker. Those arrested are all in their 30s and come from the East Midlands area which encompasses Leicester, and East Anglia and the North West of England.

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