Endris Mohammed trial: Dad guilty of murdering son and daughter

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A father has been found guilty of murdering his two young children who he smothered with a petrol-soaked rag before setting fire to the family home.

Saros Endris, eight, and his sister Leanor, six, were found dead at their house in Holland Road, Birmingham, in October 2016.

Their father Endris Mohammed, 47, also tried to kill his wife by attempting to cause a gas explosion.

The taxi driver was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

A two-week trial was told Mohammed appeared normal in the run-up to the deaths.

He was found guilty of two counts of murder and one of attempted murder after the jury deliberated for under 30 minutes.

Mohammed had denied the murders, claiming diminished responsibility allegedly caused by a depressive disorder.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

Trial judge Mr Justice Gilbart, addressing the jurors after the verdicts, told them: "You've just dealt with a very important case.

"It's an important public service. You've earned the thanks of the public for the vital work you've done."

Penil Teklehaimanot, Mohammed's wife, said in her evidence that she was woken by a smoke alarm and initially thought her children were asleep when she was unable to wake them.

"When I saw the fire I was scared and screamed," she said.

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