On Halloween 2006, Caneze Riaz, a mother and her daughters Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 15, Alicia, 10, and three-year-old Hannah were found dead in their beds by fire-fighters.
Caneze’s husband, Mohammed Riaz, was rescued from the home in Accrington, Lancashire with 50 % burns but died two days later. He was responsible for the blaze.
During an inquest into the incident it was revealed the father was depressed – his 17 year old son was in hospital battling leaukaemia, he also suspected his wife was having an affair and he could not bear his family adopting a westernised lifestyle. He had been upset that his eldest daughter wanted to be a fashion designer.
Relatives broke the news of his family’s deaths to the couple’s son, Adam, 17, as he lay terminally ill with cancer at the Christies Hospital in Manchester. He died six weeks later.