A 27-year-old man who was ordered to be retried for the murder of an ex-policeman from Old Dalby has been convicted of manslaughter.
Ameen Jogee was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years under the “joint enterprise” law after the death of ex-policeman Paul Fyfe in June 2011.
He was sentenced in 2012 under the legislation which treated the accomplice as the same as the person who committed the deadly act, then 25-year-old Mohammed Hirsi.
Father-of-three Paul Fyfe was stabbed through the heart at the home of his friend in the Rowlatts Hill area of Leicester.
The Supreme Court ordered that Jogee be retried on murder and manslaughter charges after ruling the law on joint enterprise had been wrongly interpreted for 30 years.
A jury at Nottingham Crown Court cleared Jogee of murder on Friday afternoon after more than 13 hours of deliberation.
The seven men and five women convicted Jogee of manslaughter on Monday afternoon.
The two-week retrial at Nottingham Crown Court heard Mr Fyfe (47) was stabbed in the early hours of June 10 2011 while Jogee stood on the doorstep.
Prosecutor William Harbage QC said Jogee egged on Hirsi to stab Mr Fyfe with the fatal blow delivered to his heart.
Opening the case, Mr Harbage said it was accepted Hirsi wielded the knife, but added: “We say he (Jogee) is also guilty of murder.
“He was egging him on by his words and his actions intending to encourage Hirsi, with the requisite intent for murder.”
The jury heard Jogee and Hirsi were frustrated when they arrived at the home of Naomi Reid, a friend of the victim, after being refused entry into another friend’s house in the early hours of the morning.
Miss Reid asked the pair to leave before Mr Fyfe returned - they did and she sent a text message to Jogee asking him not to bring Hirsi back to her home, the jury heard.
The pair then later returned to the property by which time Mr Fyfe had arrived.
Hirsi took a knife from the kitchen and grabbed Miss Reid. Mr Fyfe stood between the pair and asked Hirsi: “What are you going to do, stab me?”
The court heard how during the argument Jogee was brandishing a bottle threateningly before Mr Fyfe was fatally stabbed by Hirsi.
Defending, Felicity Gerry QC said Jogee was not a murderer.
She added: “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had no idea what was going on in the house.”
Jogee will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on September 12.
Detective Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: “This result is the culmination of a lengthy legal process following Paul’s death five years ago.
“While we are satisfied with the verdict that has been reached, this further trial has delayed the closure which Paul’s family and relatives have been seeking.”