Court calls man ‘coward’ for killing woman, two kids

February 11th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 11 (IANS) A hoodlum in Britain, who set fire to a house killing a mother and her two young children, was Friday branded a coward by a judge who imprisoned him for 29 years. Asjid Mahmood’s brother, Arshed Mahmood, 18, was also jailed for 17 years Friday for three counts of manslaughter.

The judge, Justice Coulson, told the brothers: “To light a fire in the small hours of the night at the back door of a domestic property was an evil and a cowardly thing to do and had inevitably tragic consequences.

“This was an appalling and horrific crime,” The Sun reported.

Asjid Mahmood, now 22, showed no emotion as he was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court for the murder of Iram Shah and her children Alina, ten, and Aman, eight.

The kids were killed after a blaze started by Mahmood swept through their home in Bradford, which lies at the heart of the City of Bradford, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, in Northern England last July.

Their mother was seriously injured after she jumped to escape the smoke and flames. She died later in hospital.

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