First Joint Enterprise Murder Defendants Walk Free Following Landmark Ruling

The first defendants in a murder trial have walked free from court following a landmark ruling on joint enterprise law.

Last month, the Supreme Court found that trial judges had been wrongly interpreting the law for 30 years over co-defendants in murder cases who did not strike the killer blow. The same day, defence lawyers at the Old Bailey applied for charges to be thrown out in the case of two young men accused of stabbing a man to death in Plumstead.

The legal bid on behalf of Khalid Hashi and Hamza Dodi was unopposed by the Crown Prosecution Service, which took into account the Ameen Jogee ruling immediately after it was given. “It was determined that there were no grounds to oppose submissions of no case to answer for these two defendants”. The following day, Judge Paul Worsley ruled that the pair had no case to answer and they were formally acquitted in front of the jury on Monday 22nd February.

The fallout from the landmark Supreme Court ruling could not be reported until the conclusion of the Old Bailey trial of other co-defendants involved in the Plumstead murder. On Monday, Osman Musa Mohamed was convicted of the murder. He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years.

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