A DOUBLE murderer's cash could be seized to compensate the children of his victims.

Lawyers for the family of Abdullah and Ayesha Mohammed, who died after an arson attack on their home in Blackburn last October, are set to take legal action to seize ringleader Hisamuddin Ibrahim’s assets.

They want to force 21-year-old Ibrahim, who was sentenced to life with a minimum of 28 years for the couple’s murder last Monday, to hand over the bulk of his estimated £235,000 wealth.

Case prosecutor Brian Cummings said the family were considering a civil claim ‘because of the financial hardship for the three children’.

Eldest son Ashraf Mohammed, 19, had just started his first year of a pharmacy degree at the time and was financially dependent on his father who had told him to ‘concentrate on his studies’ and not get a part-time job.

Since the fire, Ashraf has had to get a part-time job at a pharmacy to help fund his degree and said he ‘has found it difficult to concentrate on his studies’.

He is due to begin his second year in September.

The Mohammed family did not have house insurance for 175 London Road, and the cost of renovating the torched terraced house was met by generous family, friends and the community.

The other children, aged nine and 14, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are being cared for by family.

At the sentencing last week, Judge Justice Richard Henriques, said the money ‘should be used primarily for those who have lost because of this’.

He advised the crown to freeze Ibrahim’s assets and then pursue a civil compensation order.

Justice Henriques said: “I am not able to calculate the terrible loss that flows from these dreadful murders. Those matters will be determined by civil court and I invite the Crown Prosecution Service to look at it.”

After the vase, Detective Superintendent Neil Hunter, who led the investigation, said: “It is definitely something the family are going to pursue as we have spoken to them previously about it."

Ibrahim, of Shelly Avenue, East London, was convicted and jailed for organising a plot to kill his married sister’s lover.

His henchmen Habib Iqbal, 25, of Strone Road, Sadek Miah, 23, of Byng Street, and Mohammed Junaid Miah, 19, of Pelley Road, all East London, got the wrong house and killed the innocent couple.

The gang was given a total of 93 years minimum custodial sentence by Judge Henriques.

Evidence during the trial portrayed Ibrahim as a man who played close attention to stocks and shares on the news. He earned £38,000 a year from his job as a signals operator on the London Underground.