Man in court for double fatal fire

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THE man responsible for a house where a young tenant and her daughter were killed in a fire is appearing in crown court tomorrow.

Lookman Adeyemi is being prosecuted by Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire Authority for breaches of fire safety regulations.

He is due to make an official plea after indicating at magistrates’ court earlier this year that he would be pleading not guilty.

Mr Adeyemi, whose address is Buckfast Avenue, Bletchley, was allegedly the person with responsibility for ensuring smoke alarms were fitted and fire regulations met in a multiple occupancy house in a Fishermead Boulevard 18 months ago.

Tenant Bola Ejifunmilayo and her three-year-old daughter Fiyin both died from smoke inhalation during a fire at the three storey property in September 2010.

Wheelchair-bound Barbara Zhanje is currently serving a 12 year prison sentence for arson and two counts of manslaughter.

The court heard last year how she had gone to visit her ex boyfriend, who lived in one of the property’s five bedsits, and caused a fire in his absence.

Mr Adeyemi faces a string of charges under fire safety regulations.

If convicted he could be fined up to £20,000.

Prosecutions by fire authorities are relatively rare and only carried out when all attempts to negotiate with property owners or landlords have failed.

If Mr Adeyemi pleads not guilty, the case will be adjourned for trial.