The convicted drug-dealer brother of a seven-year-old boy killed in a suspected arson murder has been sent back to prison.
Sam Urhie, who had recently been released after being jailed in 2016 for drug dealing offences, was arrested on Friday ‘on an urgent recall to prison’.
The Metropolitan Police said the 21-year-old had not been arrested as a suspect in last Tuesday’s blaze at the family home in Deptford, south-east London, which killed brother Joel.
A spokesman for the force said: ‘A 21-year-old man was arrested by police in Lewisham on Friday, 10 August on behalf of the Probation Service following an urgent recall to prison.
‘He was not arrested as a suspect in the ongoing murder investigation following the fatal fire in Deptford.’
Two men, aged 21 and 29, were arrested in connection with the fire on Saturday morning.
They were detained on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life, and were later released under investigation pending further inquiries.
Sources have said that one line of inquiry in the fire investigation is that the attack was gang-related amid reports Sam may have been the target.
Court records show Sam was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court, in south-east London, in February 2016.
The Crown Prosecution Service said he was handed a jail sentence of four years and four months after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, and having criminal cash.
Police have said they are keeping an ‘open mind concerning motive’.
Joel was found dead after the fire, and a post-mortem found his cause of death was ‘consistent with fire and smoke inhalation’.
His mother Sophie and 19-year-old sister Sarah escaped by jumping out of a first-floor window.
Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to call 020 8345 3715 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.