THE brother of a mum killed in a house fire along with her four daughters said he is glad the world now knows her husband was a murderer.
Speaking exclusively to the Observer after this week's inquest, Barry Khanan, 38, said his brother-in-law Mohammed Riaz was a selfish, arrogant man who became jealous of his own family and refused to adapt to a western way of life.
Throughout our lengthy interview Barry bitterly referred to Mohammed as "the murderer" on every occasion.
Mohammed suffered 65 per cent burns in the blaze at Tremellen Street, Accrington, which he ignited using petrol and a match.
The 49-year-old was the only survivor pulled from the house but he died two days later in the burns unit at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester.
His body was flown back to his native Pakistan for burial.
Barry, who lives in Countess Street, Accrington, with his mum June, said: "If he had survived the fire I would have killed him myself. We wanted to have him cremated and his ashes thrown on a rubbish tip but instead we decided to send his body back home because he didn't deserve anything to do with the respect of my family.
"He took our family away from us but we gave a murderer back to his family. We proved to be the better people.
"His family in Pakistan have thanked me for allowing them to bury their son.
"He committed an unforgivable and cowardly act that there can be no excuse for."
The suspected murderer never regained consciousness long enough for police to question him about the incident but Detective Superintendent Mick Gradwell said he would have been confident of a conviction should Mohammed have survived.
Ambulance staff who were called to the scene said Mohammed mumbled: "Where's the girls?" or "How's the girls?" as he was pulled from the house.
His wife Caneze, 39, died at the scene along with her daughters Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 13, Alicia 10, and three-year-old Hannah. They were all buried side by side in Accrington Cemetery following a full Muslim service.
Caneze's son Adam, 17, died just weeks after attending his family's funeral after losing his 12-month battle with Ewings Sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
The day after the tragic blaze, brave Adam asked to see his father in the burns unit but said he didn't want anything further to do with him once he discovered he was the only suspect.
Barry broke the news to Adam who replied: "He took my family away at a time when we were all very close and happy."
Barry said: "This was a premeditated cold-blooded murder. He was a very jealous person and controlling. He was very selfish and he wanted everything his own way. He didn't want anything to do with England, he didn't want to adapt to a different way of life.
"Behind closed doors he was insecure, selfish and childish. That man was the worst kind of racist. He came over to this country but was always complaining about the way of life."
Various rumours have been spread in the community that the couple were having financial difficulties, something Barry said was totally untrue as he has now seen the family's finances and they were not a cause for concern.
Barry said the couple were experiencing a marriage breakdown because Mohammed had chosen to distance himself from the family and was unhappy about Caneze's active and positive role in the community.
Rather than being proud of her achievements which benefited the whole family, he remained angry that he couldn't control her life.
Detectives believe the murderer may have been unable to cope with his son's illness but Barry said that was also totally unfounded because Mohammed decided to have little involvement in Adam's care.
He added: "That man took Adam's family away from him when he needed them the most."
Det Supt Gradwell said: "This was domestic violence at its worst and there can be no excuse for what happened."
Barry and mum June are now going through trauma counselling to help cope with the tragedy.
June said that Adam gave them something to focus on when they were unexpectedly thrown into the media spotlight.
She told the Observer: "We just became more focussed on Adam, he got us through it. He told us that he would grieve once he was fit enough. We are all still very numb. Adam wanted to control his pains before he coped with the grief. When he passed away it was like our world had fallen apart."