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

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

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

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

They died of smoke inhalation following a fire at their home in Fairisle Close on Sunday.

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

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

“The grief this family has been inflicted is incomprehensible.

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

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“As a result of that investigation, we charged a suspect with three counts of murder. The family is aware of this development and I would like to sincerely thank them for their patience and understanding as we do everything we can to get justice for Fatoumatta, Fatimah and Naeemah.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Fatoumatta’s husband, Aboubacarr Drammeh, paid tribute to his loved ones, describing their deaths as unthinkable.

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

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

“Fatoumatta, a former volunteer, 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, local neighbors and all those well-wishers for their continued support during this difficult time.

“Me and my in-laws are without daughters, grandchildren and nieces. I will miss my family immensely.”

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