Bereaved husband pays tribute to wife and three children
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“Because of the close proximity — in terms of time and location — of the two incidents, it is right that we look at whether there are links between the two crimes.
“However, at this stage in our investigations we have found nothing to suggest the residents of the house devastated by the fire had anything to do with the Kent Street incident.”
Before making his statement to the media, Dr Sattar also spoke to around 1,500 worshippers during prayers at the Jame Mosque in Spinney Hill.
Describing Dr Sattar’s “passionate” speech to the congregation, Imam and teacher Muhammad Uwais told reporters: “He said that he has been comforted by the condolences received from the community in Leicester and throughout the UK and abroad.
“He said he had come to Leicester in 2007 after being impressed with its community and its educational system.
“He was adamant that he will not sit in a corner but carry on his family’s mission of being good representatives of their faith, and he urged the congregation to do the exact same.”
It is understood Mr Sattar’s wife was a qualified doctor but was not working.
The children moved to the UK with their mother about five years ago for Islamic education which is not available in Ireland, but returned regularly to be with their father at the family home in the Castleknock area.
Forensic examination of the fire scene and the surrounding street is under way. Police said in a statement: “The whole area is being carefully examined, which may take some time. Specially trained officers will be searching for evidence connected to the incident and this requires careful searching under and around vehicles parked in the street, front gardens and pavements.
“Detectives would like to thank the residents of Wood Hill for their patience and co-operation while this is ongoing.”