Woman helped murder children in fire, jury told

Anum Khan was eight when she died

Anum Khan was eight when she died

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

A 38-YEAR-OLD woman helped murder two siblings in a revenge arson attack in Oxford's Magdalen Road nearly 17 years ago, a jury has heard today.

Fiaz Munshi denies murdering eight-year-old Anum Khan and her brother Majid, 15, in the East Oxford blaze in August 1997.

Opening the Oxford Crown Court case this morning, prosecutor Neil Moore told the jury the fire was started after 3am on August 26 - half an hour after the lights had been switched off.

He said petrol had been squirted through the letterbox and ignited.

Anum was found dead in her bedroom and Majid, who jumped from a window, died in hospital later.

Mr Moore said the blaze was planned by a group - including Munshi - who resented the family.

It was said that the family had blamed the group for their son Anjad Ali Khan's downfall after he was imprisoned for dealing heroin that year.

The jury heard five men were convicted of the murders in 1998 and Munshi's sister Riaz was later convicted of manslaughter.

Munshi, however, did not face trial as she left for Pakistan before the arrests.

Mr Moore added: "We submit on all the evidence it is simply inconceivable that she was not part of the plan."

  • Our top stories: 

Botley Road to partially close overnight for three days for emergency repair works

Oxford Mail:

5:18pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

EMERGENCY roadworks in Botley Road will be starting tonight.

Man still fighting for life after Sandford Road bridge fall

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

4:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A man was yesterday still fighting for his life in hospital after falling from a bridge and colliding with a vehicle.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with car near Dorchester

Oxford Mail: Ambulance stock image

11:44am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a BMW.

Dismal start troubles Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.

Derek Measor's wife says his death tore her world apart as killer driver avoids jail

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WIDOW whose husband was killed while cycling yesterday told a court it was the worst day of her life.

Girls get some coaching from a top GB runner

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

PUPILS at d’Overbroecks College pulled on their running shoes yesterday as 2002 Commonwealth Games 400m relay silver medallist Lesley Owusu gave them advice on how to succeed in both sport and life.

Rethink on late-night drink levy

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

BARS and clubs in Oxford could soon be charged for serving alcohol after midnight.

Russell’s taste of honey is the bees Leys

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THERE are some unusual visitors in Blackbird Leys creating a bit of a buzz.

West Way scheme could help boost house prices

Oxford Mail: Parish councillor Chris Church outside the Elms Parade shops

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

The £100m West Way redevelopment scheme will see house prices in West Oxford rise to rival areas like Headington and Summertown, an estate agent report has said.

Man fights for his life after falling from bridge

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN was last night fighting for his life after falling from a bridge and then colliding with a vehicle.

Charity rider appeals for return of her bikes

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A charity champion has appealed for information after two bikes were stolen from her shed.

Cocaine dealer, 33, gets four years jail

Oxford Mail:

8:13pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN OXFORD drug dealer has been jailed after more than £9,000 of cocaine was found in his house.

City friendliest place

Oxford Mail: A library photograph of a mobile phone similar to the one stolen

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Fewer people in the city pretend to be on their smartphones to avoid striking up a conversation with a stranger, according to the latest research.

TB man given Asbo to stop him spitting

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A HOMELESS man with tuberculosis (TB) has been given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) to stop him from coughing and spitting at people.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree