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Man charged with murder over fatal Coventry flat fire

Malcolm Turner, 69, who died following the flat fire in Jenner Street

Police investigating a fatal flat fire in Coventry have charged a man with murder.

69-year-old Malcolm Turner was found collapsed inside a maisonette in Jenner Street at around 4.25am on Tuesday (20 August).

He was pronounced dead at the scene with a post mortem revealing he died as a result of smoke inhalation.

It's believed a mobility scooter was set alight outside the flat - with flames then spreading to the home.

Richard Newing, aged 43, of Iden Road, Hillfields, is accused of murder and also arson with intent to endanger life in relation to another blaze in Foleshill Road the same morning.

No-one was injured in that incident where a dumped mattress was torched, with the flames spreading to close by homes.

Newing appeared at Warwick Justice Centre today (Saturday 24 August) and was remanded in custody to appear there again on Tuesday.

 

West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro is leading the investigation and has appealed for any motorists who were driving in the Foleshill Road and surrounding area on Monday night into Tuesday morning to get in touch.

He said: "Anyone who was driving in Foleshill Road, Lockhurst Lane, Harnell Lane West, Stoney Stanton Road or Leicester Causeway from midnight to 6am on Tuesday morning may have caught something important on dash-cam or seen something suspicious.

"I’d urge them to get in touch as they may have important evidence.

"Clearly lighting fires in residential areas is hugely reckless as the flames can be blown towards homes, putting property and lives at risk - and we’ve seen this week it can have tragic consequences."

Meanwhile, Mr Turner’s family have issued a tribute in which they’ve described him as "an unassuming and generous man".

It reads: "Our family has been devastated by the death of Malcolm. He was an unassuming man and was generous to his family and friends… a kind, loving son, brother and husband.

"Over the past years Malcolm had suffered from several strokes and survived. It is hard to believe he has been taken from us in these circumstances. We’d ask anyone with any information about who has committed this terrible act to tell the police."

People can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or via Live Chat at WMP Online.

Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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