A MAN killed eight people including five children when he set fire to a house in a row over his sister’s choice of boyfriend, a court heard on Wednesday.
Shahid Mohammed, 36, poured petrol through the letter box and threw a petrol bomb through a window, it was said.
Seven members of the same family – including five sisters aged ten to six months – perished in the blaze.
The kids’ gran suffered a head injury trying to escape the burning building in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and died in hospital a week later.
Mohammed fled to Pakistan after the fire in May 2002 and is now only going on trial after being arrested in 2015 and extradited back to the UK.
He started the fire because he disapproved of the relationship between his sister Shahida Younis and her boyfriend Saud Pervez, Leeds crown court heard.
They had both fled to Newcastle over the feud and were not in the house but Mohammed was allegedly targeting Saud’s friend Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, who had supported the relationship.
Mr Ateeq-ur-Rehman died in the blaze along with his sister Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her five daughters. His mother Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later
Mohammed of no fixed abode denies eight counts of murder.
The trial continues.