Three men charged in firebomb attack that left a mother dead in Woolwich

Detectives have charged three men with conspiracy to murder following a fire attack that killed a mother of two.

Memunatu Warne, 46, from Sierra Leone, was visiting family in Woolwich when the terrace 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 where Ms Warne was 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 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.

On Wednesday October 10 three men were charged with conspiracy to murder Ms Warne. All three were arrested the previous day.

They are: Kurtis Freeman, 21, of Steyning Grove, Matthew John, 19, of Ankerdine Crescent, and Martin McArdle, 28, of Dittersham Road.

They will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 11 October.

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


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