A 27-year-old man convicted of the manslaughter of an ex-police officer from Old Dalby has been given a 12-year prison sentence today (Monday, September 12) following a re-trial ordered by the Supreme Court.
Previously, in 2012, Ameen Hassan Jogee had been found guilty of murdering father-of-three Paul Fyfe, even though the fatal blow was delivered by another man, Mohammed Hirsi.
Jogee was jailed for life, with a minimum of 20 years, under the ‘joint enterprise law’. Hirsi, then 25, was also convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 22 years.
The joint enterprise legislation Jogee was sentenced under treated the accomplice as the same as the person who committed the deadly act.
However following an appeal by Jogee the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling, in February this year, to quash his conviction and ordered he be retried on charges of murder and manslaughter after ruling the law on joint enterprise had been wrongly interpreted for 30 years.
Jogee, formerly of Leicester and currently of HMP Hewell, was found guilty of Mr Fyfe’s manslaughter earlier this month following a re-trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Today (Monday) he was given a 12 year sentence for the crime. He is to serve half the sentence and time already served will be taken into account.
Mr Fyfe was fatally stabbed through the heart with a kitchen knife in the hallway of a house in Balderstone Close, Leicester, in June 2011.
During the trial the court heard how Jogee, along with Hirsi, had spent the evening of June 9, 2011, drinking in the city before the pair made their way to the home of a friend of Mr Fyfe’s in the Rowlatts Hill area of Leicester.
They left and returned to the property several times that night before going back to the house in the early hours of June 10, 2011. On that occasion an argument ensued between Hirsi and Mr Fyfe, during which Jogee was brandishing a bottle in a threatening way and had ‘egged on’ Hirsi who fatally stabbed Mr Fyfe.
The widow of Mr Fyfe, Tracey, had previously told the Melton Times that her family was ‘disgusted’ by the decision to clear Jogee of his murder, following his re-trial, and find him guilty of manslaughter.
Detective Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: “This conviction is the culmination of a lengthy legal process following Paul’s death five years ago.
“The judge, His Honour Gregory Dickinson QC, today (Monday, September 12) praised Paul’s family for their dignity throughout the trial and we would echo those comments.
“It’s not been easy for them to sit through another trial and hear the evidence repeated and we hope that the sentence delivered today can bring them some satisfaction, coupled with the earlier murder conviction from 2012 of Mohammed Hirsi.”