Ameen Jogee was facing life in prison over the death of father of three Paul Fyfe who was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by Mohammed Hirsi in 2011.
But his conviction was overturned after it was ruled that the joint enterprise legislation – allowing people to be convicted of murder even if they did not inflict the fatal blow – had been wrongly interpreted for 30 years.
The 27-year-old was ordered to be retried on charges of murder and manslaughter and was convicted of the latter last week.
Jogee was said to have “egged on” 25-year-old Hirsi after an argument broke out at Mr Fyfe’s girlfriend’s home in Leicester.
During the trial, the court heard how Jogee and Hirsi had spent the evening drinking before making their way to the property.
They left and returned to the house several times during the night, before going back for the last time. During the argument, Jogee brandished a bottle threateningly before the fatal stabbing.
Jailing him at Nottingham Crown Court, Judge Gregory Dickinson said: “Paul Fyfe was attacked in his own home. It was unprovoked and totally without justification.
“The consequences for his family were and remain devastating.
“This was not a spur of the moment event.
“You and Hirsi went to the home … late at night intending to attack Paul Fyfe and to cause him some harm.
“You intended to encourage Hirsi to attack Mr Fyfe.”
Defending Jogee, Felicity Gerry had argued during the trial that her client was not a murderer.
“He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had no idea what was going on in the house,” she said.
Jogee has already served more than five years in custody and this will count towards his sentence.
Speaking after the sentencing, Jogee’s mother, Rachel Whitehead, said she was “happy”.
“(Twelve years) is better than life. We were looking at no time or date for him to come home but now we’ve got a date,” she said.
“It’s a happy ending for me. I know there’s a life that’s been lost and I’m really sorry for that but I lost my son. I know I could see him in prison but I’m just happy he is coming home.
“Ameen thinks about that every day, about a life being lost and the actions of that other person on that night. He will never forget what happened.”
Hirsi was convicted of Mr Fyfe’s murder in 2012 and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years.
News Source SkyNews