Man accused of murdering mother and two children to appear in court

Jamie Barrow, 31, is charged with three counts of murder and is set to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Nottingham flat fire
Nottingham flat fire

A man charged with the murders of a mother and two children in Nottingham is due to appear in court.

Jamie Barrow, 31, from Clifton, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

He is charged with the murders of Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, and her daughters Fatimah Drammeh, three, and Naeemah Drammeh, one.

They died from smoke inhalation following a blaze at their home in Fairisle Close, on Sunday.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers charged Barrow with three counts of murder on Thursday, four days after he was arrested.

Nottingham flat fire
Police at the fire scene on Sunday (Matthew Cooper/PA)

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family at this incredibly painful time, as well as the communities that have been affected by this most tragic of incidents.

“The grief this family has been put through is incomprehensible.

“Large teams of detectives have been working relentlessly alongside specialist search units and forensic experts to understand the full circumstances behind this deliberate fire.

“Following those inquiries, we have charged a suspect with three counts of murder. The family are aware of this development and I would like to sincerely thank them for their patience and understanding as we do everything we possibly can to gain justice for Fatoumatta, Fatimah and Naeemah.”

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Fatoumatta’s husband, Aboubacarr Drammeh, paid tribute to his loved ones and described their deaths as inconceivable.

Family picture
Photos of the three victims released through Nottinghamshire Police

Mr Drammeh, who flew back from the US after the fire, said: “It is with great sadness that we have lost Fatoumatta and our two daughters in such a tragic way.

“Fatoumatta had lived a short but a very beautiful and fulfilling life.

“A former voluntary worker, Fatoumatta was a very happy, bubbly woman who wouldn’t have the heart to hurt a fly.

“We thank the Ahmadi Muslim community in Nottinghamshire, the Gambian community, the local neighbours and all those well-wishers for their continuous support in this difficult time.

“I and my in-laws are left without any daughters, grandchildren and nieces. I will deeply miss my family.”

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