Murder trial shown footage of fire crews arriving at fatal fire in Chatham

09:29 25 April 2012

Fire damage in Chatham blaze

Fire damage in Chatham blaze


Blaze killed Melissa Crook, 20, her son 15-month-old Noah and her father Mark Crook

Dramatic footage showing the moment fire crews arrived at a fatal fire in Chatham which killed three generations of one family has been played in court.

The jury at the murder trial into the deaths of Melissa Crook, 20, her 15-month-old son Noah and her father Mark, 48, were shown CCTV images and played audio footage from a 999 call made by defendant Emma Smith.

The 21-year-old from Coventry is charged with three counts of murder and two of attempted murder alongside victim Melissa’s estranged husband used car salesman Danai Muhammadi, 24, and doorman Farhad Mahmud, 35.

All three deny the charges.

The trial at Maidstone Crown Court was played CCTV images of fire crews arriving at the blaze. It took crews just three minutes to reach the property on Chatham Hill in the early hours of September 10, 2011.

Footage of a man, said to be Muhammadi, filling up a petrol can and garden sprayer with petrol at a nearby garage was also shown.

Audio footage of Smith calling 999 was also played.

Melissa Crook and her son died at the scene of the fire in September last year.

Bodhan Crook escaped the property by jumping out of a first floor window, breaking his hands and feet.

Melissa’s parents Amanda and Mark escaped the property but her father was left critically ill with severe burns and died six days later.


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