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Leicester explosion: Three men jailed for murdering five people

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Arkan Ali (left), Hawkar Hassan (centre) and Aram Kurd were found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit fraud
Three men who murdered five people when they blew up a shop in a Kurd and Ali must serve a minimum of 38 years, with Hassan given a term of 33 years.
Leicester explosion: Three men jailed for murdering five people

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Jose Ragoobeer lost his wife and two teenage sons in the explosion
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Holgate told Kurd, Ali and Hassan they were "exceptionally callous and deceitful".He said: "It is plain from the way they both behaved in court and outside that they are highly manipulative and cunning individuals."
Mary Ragoobar and two of her sons, Shane and Sean Ragoobeer, were in the flat above and died in the blast
Mary Ragoobar, 46, and sons Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean, 17, lived above the shop and died in the explosion on 25 February.Shane's girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18, and shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, were also killed.
Blast was 'white collar' mass murder
In a victim impact statement, Mary's husband Jose Ragoobeer told the court he and his family "came to England for a better life"."All of our hopes and dreams for the future have been completely shattered," he said."They were all good people and did not deserve for this to happen to them."
Shane Ragoobeer's girlfriend Leah Reek, 18, was also killed
Joanne Reek, Leah's mother, wept as she said the family "feared the worst" when they learned of the explosion and could not get hold of her."We knew that something awful had happened as she would always be in contact with us if she was not at home," she said."That journey to Hinckley Road, and that night, will haunt us forever."
Viktorija Ijevleva's mother said knowing her daughter was part of the plot was "the hardest to bear"
Natalija Ijevleva, said "something inside of me died" when she learned her daughter Viktorija - who had been looking forward to starting a new job - had been killed.She said: "I couldn't believe it for a long time and clung to the hope that there had been a mistake."Ms Ijevleva said learning her daughter was killed because she knew of the plans "is the hardest to bear", and apologised on her daughter's behalf to the families of the other victims."No human being deserves to die for so little gain," she said.
'Caused devastation'
During the trial, jurors heard Ali and Hassan, along with Ms Ijevleva, had been seen travelling to Oldham to get insurance cover for the shop in the days before the explosion.Hassan was then caught on CCTV buying 26.6 litres of unleaded petrol in a drum, which matched a drum found after the blast.On the fatal day Ali, Hassan and Kurd were seen in Leicester city centre, and in the roads and alleys around the shop.The jury heard Kurd made a prison confession to a fellow inmate to causing the explosion because he was "hungry for money".All three men had denied five counts of murder and conspiracy to commit fraud.Det Ch Insp Michelle Keen, of Leicestershire Police, said: "As senior investigating officer, I've never dealt with a job that caused so much devastation, both to the families who've lost family members and to the wider community. "The impact of this incident is still clear to see almost a year on, and the families will never recover from their loss."
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