A judge has refused to overturn guilty verdicts against several convicted murderers who appealed following a recent retrial sentence given in a case involving Old Dalby victim Paul Fyfe.
Mr Fyfe was stabbed to death in 2011 by Mohammed Hirsi, who was jailed for life.
His accomplice, Ameen Jogee, was also convicted of murder under the ‘joint enterprise’ law, which states someone can be guilty of murder even if they did not inflict the fatal blow.
Jogee’s murder conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in February in a landmark ruling by a judge who said the ‘joint enterprise’ ruling had been misinterpreted.
The defendant was found guilty of the lesser crime of manslaugher in a retrial.
That verdict sparked test appeals on Monday involving 13 men who were convicted of murder or wounding with intent under ‘joint enterprise’.
But a Court of Appeal judge declined to overturn any of the original verdicts.
The news was welcomed by Mr Fyfe’s widow, Tracey, who lives in Melton.
She had feared the ruling in her husband’s case this year would pave the way for dozens of convcited murderers to be released early.
She told the Melton Times: “I’m pleased with these verdicts - I didn’t expect this outcome at all.
“It’s good news for the families of other murder victims.”
Jogee will be released in June, which Mrs Fyf e and her three daughters are dreading.
She added: “We are trying to move on with our lives but he will be out soon.”