Man charged with murder of mum and daughter found dead inside home set on fire

A man has been charged with the murder of a doctor and her daughter who were found dead inside a fire and smoke-damaged house.

The bodies of Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and her daughter, Vian Magrio, 14, were found in a house in Burnley last week.

Lancashire Police has charged Shabaz Khan, of Ribble Avenue, Burnley, with two counts of murder and one count of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered.

He will appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

A 44-year-old woman from Burnley, arrested earlier on Thursday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and aiding and abetting murder, remains in custody.

A Home Office post-mortem investigation earlier this week revealed Dr Sacharvi died as a result of pressure to the neck and that she had also suffered an assault.

The second body, which was found badly burnt at the property in Colne Road, Burnley, has yet to be formally identified, but is believed to be Miss Mangrio, the force said.

Dr Sacharvi, understood to be originally from Pakistan, was a junior doctor with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist perinatal community mental health team since February.

Detective Superintendent Jon Holmes said: “Our thoughts remain with Saman and Vian’s family and we have officers supporting them at this awful time.

“We are continuing to ask anybody with information about this incident to get in touch with us.

“If you were in the area and saw something suspicious, have dashcam or CCTV from the area or have any other information, we would ask you to contact us straight away.”