02/07/2009

Teen In Court On 'Arson Death' Charges

A teenage boy is to appear in court today charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl who died following an arson attack on her home.

Maleha Masud died on 25 June, four days after the attack in Tooting, south London.

A 14-year-old boy - who cannot be named - is accused of killing Maleha Masud, 15, who died last Thursday after being injured in the fire in south London in the early hours of Sunday, June 21.

The teen is also charged with four counts of attempted murder against

four members of the teenager's family who were left critically injured in the attack.

Her brothers Zain, 22, and Junaid, 16, and sister Nabiha, 21, remain in a critical condition. Rubina Masud, 53, the girl's mother was discharged from hospital last week.

The accused will appear at Balham Youth Court later today.

(JM/BMcc)

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