The widow of father-of-three Paul Fyfe said her family was ‘disgusted’ by the decision to clear a man of his murder, after a retrial, and find him guilty of manslaughter.
Following a trial in 2012 Ameen Jogee (27) was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 20 years, for his involvement in Mr Fyfe’s murder.
Mr Fyfe was stabbed by another man, Mohammed Hirsi (25), at the home of the victim’s friend in Leicester in June 2011, Jogee, then 22, encouraged Hirsi from outside the house. Both were found guilty of murder, on the basis of joint enterprise, in March 2012.
But Jogee’s murder conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in February this year in a landmark ruling on the law of joint enterprise.
A jury had last week cleared Jogee of murder but on Monday found him guilty of Mr Fyfe’s manslaughter.
Mr Fyfe, a former Leicestershire Police officer, lived in Old Dalby for more than 20 years.
His widow, Tracey, who’d been married to him for 28 years, told the Melton Times: “We’re disgusted with the result. There’s no doubt in our minds that Jogee is guilty of murder.
“It has been absolute torture for us and it’s a cruel thing to put a victim’s family through. We’ve had five years of this and to get this result at the end is cruel.”
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.”
Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS East Midlands, said: “Ameen Jogee actively encouraged Mohammed Hirsi in the violent assault against their victim.
“Although Mohammed Hirsi was responsible for inflicting the fatal injury that killed a former police officer, both were responsible for his death.
“The appalling nature of this crime has not lessened with time and we are satisfied justice has been done in this case.”