Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawkar Hassan lit 26 litres of petrol in the basement of a Polish supermarket, causing a blast which destroyed the shop and a flat above.
Independent The flat’s residents Mary Ragoobeer, 46, and sons Sean, 17, and Shane, 18, died in the explosion along with the elder teenager’s girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18.
Shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was also killed. Leicester Crown Court heard her killers left her die because she knew about the insurance policy, taken out just three weeks earlier.
Prosecutor David Herbert told the jury: “The defendants thought she knew too much and decided to leave her to die in the explosion that they created. “In other words, the devastation that they caused was carried out with the intention to kill.”
He said the men had intended to cause maximum damage to the Hinckley Road shop, which Kurd owned, and “would have known” people were in the two-storey flat above. Police said the killers’ motivation was “purely financial greed and personal gain”.
The explosion was caused by “many, many litres of petrol.” “Even on camera 50 metres away you can see the explosion and the enormity of what happened.”
“The explosion and the fire that followed was deliberately caused by these defendants who intended to profit from loss of stock, contents and future loss of business from the shop. “It was not an accident, the prosecution say, that the petrol used caused such devastating damage.”