Birmingham man Endris Mohammed guilty of killing his two children and trying to kill his wife in a gas explosion

Endris Mohammed's two children are seen here in a handout photo from police

Endris Mohammed's two children are seen here in a handout photo from police

Friday, November 17, 2017

A taxi driver from Birmingham who killed his two young children using a petrol-soaked cloth and then tried to kill his wife in a gas explosion has been found guilty of murder.

Endris Mohammed attempted to murder his wife, Penil Teklehaimanot, by tampering with a gas pipe and setting fire to the family home in Hamstead, jurors were told.

Saros Endris, 8, and his sister Leanor, 6, were both killed before Mohammed attempted to murder his wife.

Mohammed had denied the two murders, claiming diminished responsibility allegedly caused by a depressive disorder. However it took the jury just 30 minutes to deliver their verdict at the end of a two-week trial.

Mohammed, who will be sentenced on Monday, pursed his lips but showed no other sign of emotion as the guilty verdict was read out.