Leicester store explosion: Three men found guilty of murder

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Three men who blew up a convenience store in an insurance scam plot have been found guilty of murdering five people.

The former Londis store in Hinckley Road, Leicester, had been re-opened as a Polish supermarket and was targeted by store owner Aram Kurd, 34, Hawkar Hassan, 33, and Arkan Ali, 38, in an attempt to claim a £300,000 insurance payout.

The trio, who lit 26 litres of petrol in the basement of a Polish supermarket, causing a blast which destroyed the store and a flat above, had denied five counts of murder and conspiracy to commit fraud at Leicester Crown Court.

The flats residents Mary Ragoobar, 46, and two sons Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean, 17, were killed on 25 February, along with the elder teenager’s girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18. Shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was also killed.

Kurd, Ali and Hassan were remanded in custody and will be sentenced in mid-January.

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