Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Danai Muhammadi Jailed for Life for the Murder of Melissa Crook, their Baby son Noah and her Father Mark Crook

A used-car salesman has been jailed for life for murdering his estranged wife, their young son and his father-in-law by setting fire to their family home after his marriage collapsed.

Danai Muhammadi, 24, was fuelled by 'spite, anger and resentment' when he killed Melissa Crook, 20, and their 15-month-old son Noah by torching the house in Chatham Hill, Chatham, Kent.

Melissa’s father Mark Crook, 49, was left critically ill with severe burns in hospital following the fire just before 2.30am on September 10 last year and he died six days later.

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney, sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court, told Iraqi-born Muhammadi that he will spend at least 38 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

The court heard how Muhammadi and his friend, bouncer Farhad Mahmud, 35, squirted petrol through the letter box using a garden spray container, leading to fire breaking out at the base of the stairs.

The location of the fire cut off any reasonable means of escape for the family who were asleep upstairs as the blaze took hold. Read More