Three men in court after fatal house fire kills Sierra Leonean mother of two in Woolwich


Police have charged three men with conspiracy to murder following a house fire that killed a mother-of-two.

On Wednesday, October 10 three men were charged with conspiracy to murder Memunatu Warne.

All three were arrested the previous day.

Kurtis Freeman, 21, of Steyning Grove, Mottingham, Matthew John, 19, of Ankerdine Crescent, Woolwich, and Martin McArdle, 28, of Dittisham Road, Mottingham were due to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 11.

A 22-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman have both been bailed to return on a date in November.

Ms Warne, 46, from Sierra Leone, was visiting family in Woolwich when the terraced house she was sleeping in was allegedly firebombed.

Police were called at around 1.30am on September 6 to Centurion Square, Berber Parade. Officers, paramedics and firefighters attended and found Ms Warne found dead.

A post-mortem took place on September 7 at Greenwich Mortuary and gave the cause of death as smoke inhalation.

Two other people from the house, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, were injured after jumping out of a first floor window to escape the fire.

Both were taken to hospital for treatment and have been discharged.

A murder investigation was launched by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

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