Jailed brothers pin their hopes on change in law

Convicted - David Cohen - 10/04/2008
Convicted - David Cohen - 10/04/2008
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RELATIVES of two Sheffield brothers jailed for life for the execution of a city taxi driver hope a review of the ‘joint enterprise’ law may help their bid for freedom.

David and Ashley Cohen were convicted in April 2008 of the murder of 53-year-old cabbie Younis Khan.

Mr Khan, of Abbeyfield Road, Pitsmoor, was shot dead as he drove his taxi through his neighbourhood in 2007.

The brothers, who denied murder, were convicted on the basis of joint enterprise. Although the prosecution could not say who pulled the gun’s trigger, they said the brothers ‘planned and orchestrated’ the murder.

MPs have called for a review of the joint enterprise law - a move welcomed today by Pat Sharp, David and Ashley Cohen’s mother.

She said: “The law dates back 300 years and was introduced to try to stop duels. We are in 2012 now. My sons feel positive about their case, and feel joint enterprise should not have been used.”

Their cousin Dean Reid, 34, added: “They were not at the scene of the crime for a start.”

David Cohen, aged 32, of Philadelphia Gardens, Upperthorpe, was jailed for 31 years and Ashley, 27, of Clough Wood View, Oughtibridge, was sentenced to 33.

The brothers were said to have organised Mr Khan’s shooting in revenge after the taxi driver’s son, Imran, opened fire on David’s house following a nightclub brawl.

Joint enterprise legislation was also used to convict four men of the murder of 17-year-old Tarek Chaiboub, of Wincobank, Sheffield, who was shot dead at a barber’s shop in Burngreave in July 2008.

Nigel Junior Ramsey, his brother Denzil Ramsey, their next door neighbour Levan Menzies and their pal Michael Chattoo were jailed for a total of 110 years after being found guilty of murder. The prosecution claimed it was unable to say who shot the teenager but that all the men were involved.