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Man charged with murder over fatal fire on Finsbury Park’s Andover Estate

PUBLISHED: 22:44 02 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:48 03 September 2018

Corker Walk, where the fire broke out in one of the flats. Picture: Google street view

Corker Walk, where the fire broke out in one of the flats. Picture: Google street view

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A man has been charged with murdering Kaltoun Saleh who died following a fire on the Andover Estate in Finsbury Park.

Emergency services were called to a flat fire at Noll House, Corker Walk at 2.50am on July 5.

Ms Saleh, 43, who lived in the flat, suffered serious burns and was taken to a north London hospital before being transferred to a specialist burns hospital.

Despite the best efforts of medics, she died seven weeks later of burns.

Four children were also taken to hospital as a precaution at the time, but were not seriously injured.

Abdi Quule, 42, of Noll House, Corker Walk, was found at the scene and also treated for burns at hospital.

After treatment, he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and charged on August 4, appearing in custody at Highbury Magistrates’ Court the same day.

He was charged with murder via video link at the Old Bailey on Friday, and the investigation is being led by detectives from the Met’s murder squad.

Friends paid tribute to Ms Saleh last week. Speaking to the Gazette, Iid Jama, of Seven Sisters Road, said: “Kaltoun had six children and she was a devoted mum who would help anyone whenever possible.

“She was a wonderful, caring woman who was liked by the people around her.”

He added: “We are shocked by hear death – it’s just so sad, a big loss. Kaltoun was down to earth and a fantastic woman so it’s really difficult for the community to understand what happened.”

Quule next appears at the same court on November 23.

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