A family could face more heartbreak today if one of the men convicted of murdering a former policeman from Old Dalby wins an appeal against his ‘joint enterprise’ conviction.
Ameen Jogee was sentenced to a minimum 20 years in jail after he was found guilty of murdering Paul Fyfe (47) in June 2011. A jury agreed he had ‘egged on’ accomplice Mohammed Hirsi who killed Mr Fyfe by stabbing him once in the chest with a large kitchen knife. Jogee’s sentence was later reduced to 18 years on appeal.
Supreme Court judges have been considering whether foresight of a mere possibility that Hirsi would use the knife intending to cause at least serious bodily harm to Mr Fyfe was enough to find a conviction of murder against Jogee.
The Court of Appeal has previously dismissed this ground of Jogee’s appeal.
Mr Fyfe’s widow, Tracey, her three daughters and other family members fear that if Jogee’s latest appeal is successful the verdict could impact on the cases of hundreds of other people convicted under ‘joint enterprise’, where more than one defendant is charged with murder but there is no onus to prove all members of the group intended to kill.
Also present at the Jogee’s Supreme Court appeal hearing in October were supporters of Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA), which campaigns for the legal rights of more than 500 prisoners convicted under the ‘joint enterprise’ law.
Supreme Court justices are due to ‘hand down’ their judgement on Jogee’s case later this morning.