Campaign group to fight against 'joint enterprise' charges

A CAMPAIGN group set up to fight against suspects in criminal cases being charged under "joint enterprise" is to host a meeting in Sheffield.

The Group 'Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty By Association' is to hold the meeting in the Upperthorpe Cafe in Sheffield - owned by one of two brothers locked up for life after being found guilty of murder on the basis of joint enterprise.

David and Ashley Cohen were jailed in April 2008 after being convicted of the murder of 53-year-old city cab driver Younis Khan, who was shot dead as he drove along Scott Road, Pitsmoor, the year before.

Ashley, aged 27, of Clough Wood View, Oughtibridge, was jailed for 33 years for murder and perverting the course of justice.

His elder brother David, 30, of Philadelphia Gardens, Pitsmoor, was sentenced to 31 years behind bars for the murder.

The prosecution case was that the brothers did not pull the trigger of the gun used to kill Mr Khan, but that together as part of a joint enterprise they organised the murder.

A dad-of-five, Mr Khan was showered with bullets as he drove down Scott Road in his cab. He was killed by a single shot fired through his window.

The pair took their case to the Criminal Appeal Court in London to ask for the right to appeal, but have been denied permission.

Now their mum Pat Sharp, who is leading their bid for freedom, has notified the London-based campaign group about David and Ashley's case.

And she wants other South Yorkshire families affected by 'joint enterprise' prosecutions to attend the meeting.

The event takes place at the Upperthorpe Cafe, Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield, on Wednesday January 19 from 6pm.

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