Arsonist admits homicide over deadly fireplace in block of flats

Arsonist admits homicide over deadly fireplace in block of flats


man has admitted homicide, arson and grievous bodily hurt after he set fireplace to a block of flats in Studying, killing two folks, police have mentioned.

Hakeem Kigundu, 32, pleaded responsible at Studying Crown Courtroom to 2 counts of homicide, two counts of grievous bodily hurt and one rely of arson with intent to hazard life, Thames Valley Police mentioned in an announcement.

Kigundu was accused of beginning a fireplace at a block of flats in Rowe Courtroom, Studying, the place he was beforehand dwelling, on December 15 final 12 months.

The fireplace then unfold, inflicting main harm to the constructing, trapping residents inside.

Two of the residents – Richard Burgess, 46, and Neil Morris, 45 – had been killed. Two different folks had been significantly injured.

Senior investigating officer detective inspector Sally Spencer, of the Thames Valley Police Main Crime Unit, mentioned: “Kigundu’s actions had been devastating. As a result of he began a fireplace, Richard Burgess and Neil Morris have misplaced their lives, two different folks have been significantly injured and all of the residents have misplaced their houses and treasured possessions.

“The households of Mr Burgess and Mr Morris particularly have needed to endure the unimaginable ache of ready weeks for the our bodies of their family members to be recovered from the positioning, because the constructing was so badly broken that it was unsafe to take away them extra rapidly.

“I wish to thank the households of Mr Burgess and Mr Morris, all of the residents of Rowe Courtroom who’ve misplaced their houses in such tragic circumstances, and the broader group for his or her cooperation and assist throughout this extraordinarily tough time.

“I’m happy that Kigundu has pleaded responsible at this time, and that the households of Mr Burgess and Mr Morris will a minimum of be spared the trauma of a trial.”

Kigundu can be sentenced on the identical court docket over a two-day listening to on October 6 and seven.

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