Arben Lleshi jailed for 32 years for murder of Agim Hoxha

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THE MAN found guilty of murdering a Southampton man and burning his body in a car has been jailed for life - and will serve a minimum term of 32 years.

Arben Lleshi, 27, was found guilty of killing Agim Hoxha by jurors after more than nine and a half hours of deliberations at Winchester Crown Court.

His co accused, fellow Albanian Afrim Lleshi, 36, was cleared of playing any part in the killing but also faces three years and three months inside.

Jurors have spent the past seven weeks hearing evidence about the murder of Agim, who was a well off drug dealer living in Southampton who supplied cocaine to white collar workers in Hampshire. He made tens of thousands of pounds plying his trade, a "business" he started with his brother after moving to the city in his teenage years.

He was killed inside flat 285 Shirley Road, which had been rented by Arben just hours earlier on April 9 last year.

The court heard how earlier that day he he had gone shopping for a crow bar, which was then thought to have been used to deliver a fatal blow to Agim's head, cable ties to wrap his limbs, masking tape to cover his mouth and stop him screaming for help and a can of petrol to set the silver Mercedes coupe alight with the body inside.

The court has heard how Afrim had spent the early part of the evening in a casino but returned home to his flat next door at 283 Shirley Road before going next door to help carry Agim's body, wrapped in a duvet and with a plastic bag over his head, down a flight of stairs.

Both Arben, of Onslow Road, and Afrim, of Shirley Road, had denied the murder. Afrim admitted perverting the course of justice on the first day of his trial however Arben had denied that charge but was convicted by jurors today.

Agim Hoxha Murder Trial - full background

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3:25pm Wed 20 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years!
Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years! sotonboy84
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3:27pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years!
I think he's rather serve 32 years here than in an Albanian jail, he's not going nowhere soon.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years![/p][/quote]I think he's rather serve 32 years here than in an Albanian jail, he's not going nowhere soon. Outside of the Box
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3:34pm Wed 20 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote: Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years!
I think he's rather serve 32 years here than in an Albanian jail, he's not going nowhere soon.
I'm sure he would but unless he can act like a functioning member of society, he should lose all rights of a British citizen. Tax payers should not have to suffer and support him.

Citizenship is an honour and not a right.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years![/p][/quote]I think he's rather serve 32 years here than in an Albanian jail, he's not going nowhere soon.[/p][/quote]I'm sure he would but unless he can act like a functioning member of society, he should lose all rights of a British citizen. Tax payers should not have to suffer and support him. Citizenship is an honour and not a right. sotonboy84
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3:39pm Wed 20 Feb 13

AndyAndrews says...

A lot of dodgy Albanians like these came to the UK pretending to be Kosovan Albanian refugees fleeing from the Serbs, and our feeble Home Office let them stay. I know, I worked at the HO at the time. Yes they should be deported, but let them serve some time first as they'd probably get let back in again...
A lot of dodgy Albanians like these came to the UK pretending to be Kosovan Albanian refugees fleeing from the Serbs, and our feeble Home Office let them stay. I know, I worked at the HO at the time. Yes they should be deported, but let them serve some time first as they'd probably get let back in again... AndyAndrews
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3:57pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Raxx says...

Worth reading the judge's comments here:

http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/briefing
/agim_hoxha/10240353
.Drug_dealers__have_
a_right_to_life_like
_everyone_else__says
_judge/
Worth reading the judge's comments here: http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/briefing /agim_hoxha/10240353 .Drug_dealers__have_ a_right_to_life_like _everyone_else__says _judge/ Raxx
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4:01pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Oh my goodness says...

I agree with sotonboy84 surely I am not alone in thinking that.
I agree with sotonboy84 surely I am not alone in thinking that. Oh my goodness
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4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania? Do they have the death penaulty?
I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania? Do they have the death penaulty? CharlieOxbridge
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4:21pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Pikey Pete says...

Oh my goodness wrote:
I agree with sotonboy84 surely I am not alone in thinking that.
Yes totally agree as well. I think the home secretary can request that happens. So long as assurances are give he does the time.

Amazing how we have let this happen..Where are the immigration laws? When you come into Bournemouth Airport, the staff are there how do they get in and stay..!!
[quote][p][bold]Oh my goodness[/bold] wrote: I agree with sotonboy84 surely I am not alone in thinking that.[/p][/quote]Yes totally agree as well. I think the home secretary can request that happens. So long as assurances are give he does the time. Amazing how we have let this happen..Where are the immigration laws? When you come into Bournemouth Airport, the staff are there how do they get in and stay..!! Pikey Pete
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4:50pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

CharlieOxbridge says...
4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13

I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania. Do they have the death penalty?”


No. They adhere to the human rights (as its one of perquisites to becoming a member state). These same human rights are embedded in our legal system in the form of Human Rights Act 1998. So, lack of hanging, torture and abuse of power by the executive is safeguarded by our being in the EU.

Of course, the sheep are only bleating what the crazy fascists shepherds are telling them to bleat.

Only seeing one side of the coin is never good. Long live UKIP eh guys? We can go back to the good old days of lynching’s and hanging
CharlieOxbridge says... 4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13 I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania. Do they have the death penalty?” No. They adhere to the human rights (as its one of perquisites to becoming a member state). These same human rights are embedded in our legal system in the form of Human Rights Act 1998. So, lack of hanging, torture and abuse of power by the executive is safeguarded by our being in the EU. Of course, the sheep are only bleating what the crazy fascists shepherds are telling them to bleat. Only seeing one side of the coin is never good. Long live UKIP eh guys? We can go back to the good old days of lynching’s and hanging Subject48
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4:59pm Wed 20 Feb 13

cantthinkofone says...

Raxx wrote:
Worth reading the judge's comments here:

http://www.dailyecho

.co.uk/news/briefing

/agim_hoxha/10240353

.Drug_dealers__have_

a_right_to_life_like

_everyone_else__says

_judge/
"The judge told Arben he took into account his difficult childhood but added: " When you came to this country you had the good fortune to come into the hands of a foster mother of the highest quality".

He told Arben he had led "a worthless existence on the fringes of the drug scene" and was a man who had barely worked a day in his life."

"Jailing Afrim for three years and three months, he told him: "You made a big mistake. You said that more than once to the jury and I believe you felt and feel that.

"You agreed under some pressure from Arben, who is a stronger personality than you albeit younger. He bullied you into helping him get rid of the body of a man he killed in a flat next to yours.

The judge added that he believed Afrim acted out of fear and he had done something completely out of character as he was well thought of, paid his way in society, worked and kept in touch with his son."

They sound like very, very different characters from that. One an evil piece of filth, the other a decent man who was threatened into carrying the body down some stairs then keeping his mouth shut.
[quote][p][bold]Raxx[/bold] wrote: Worth reading the judge's comments here: http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/briefing /agim_hoxha/10240353 .Drug_dealers__have_ a_right_to_life_like _everyone_else__says _judge/[/p][/quote]"The judge told Arben he took into account his difficult childhood but added: " When you came to this country you had the good fortune to come into the hands of a foster mother of the highest quality". He told Arben he had led "a worthless existence on the fringes of the drug scene" and was a man who had barely worked a day in his life." "Jailing Afrim for three years and three months, he told him: "You made a big mistake. You said that more than once to the jury and I believe you felt and feel that. "You agreed under some pressure from Arben, who is a stronger personality than you albeit younger. He bullied you into helping him get rid of the body of a man he killed in a flat next to yours. The judge added that he believed Afrim acted out of fear and he had done something completely out of character as he was well thought of, paid his way in society, worked and kept in touch with his son." They sound like very, very different characters from that. One an evil piece of filth, the other a decent man who was threatened into carrying the body down some stairs then keeping his mouth shut. cantthinkofone
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5:06pm Wed 20 Feb 13

teamgreen says...

well echo if you wont post my comment what happened to free speech as i said before which has been removed.deport him to his birth country and we wont have to pay for his stay in hmp out of our taxes.
well echo if you wont post my comment what happened to free speech as i said before which has been removed.deport him to his birth country and we wont have to pay for his stay in hmp out of our taxes. teamgreen
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5:29pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Georgem says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years!
This assumes Albania *would* pick up the bill. I'm not convinced they'd give a toss. So in effect, you're saying "let him off scot free, it's cheaper".
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years![/p][/quote]This assumes Albania *would* pick up the bill. I'm not convinced they'd give a toss. So in effect, you're saying "let him off scot free, it's cheaper". Georgem
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5:29pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Georgem says...

ITT: the hard-of-thinking who demand a justice system, but don't want to pay for it.
ITT: the hard-of-thinking who demand a justice system, but don't want to pay for it. Georgem
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6:51pm Wed 20 Feb 13

cliffwalker says...

**** Pete wrote:
Oh my goodness wrote:
I agree with sotonboy84 surely I am not alone in thinking that.
Yes totally agree as well. I think the home secretary can request that happens. So long as assurances are give he does the time.

Amazing how we have let this happen..Where are the immigration laws? When you come into Bournemouth Airport, the staff are there how do they get in and stay..!!
As I read the reports, both of the convicts are legal residents in the UK so the question about staff at Bournemouth (or any other airport) is irrelevant.
[quote][p][bold]**** Pete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oh my goodness[/bold] wrote: I agree with sotonboy84 surely I am not alone in thinking that.[/p][/quote]Yes totally agree as well. I think the home secretary can request that happens. So long as assurances are give he does the time. Amazing how we have let this happen..Where are the immigration laws? When you come into Bournemouth Airport, the staff are there how do they get in and stay..!![/p][/quote]As I read the reports, both of the convicts are legal residents in the UK so the question about staff at Bournemouth (or any other airport) is irrelevant. cliffwalker
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6:59pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote: Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years!
I think he's rather serve 32 years here than in an Albanian jail, he's not going nowhere soon.
I'm sure he would but unless he can act like a functioning member of society, he should lose all rights of a British citizen. Tax payers should not have to suffer and support him.

Citizenship is an honour and not a right.
Not disagreeing with you, for me his rights went out the window as soon as killed someone (even if it was drug dealer) however I believe his country of origin has to agree to extradition of criminals, the old Government just deported foreign nationals who had a prison sentence over 2 years, the deal was if you agree to go home they would half the sentence, to me that was a fair deal for scumbags, go home do half your time in jail and never darken our shores again, some European do gooder decided it was unfair to the poorer Eastern European countries.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: Deport him and let Albania pick up the bill for imprisoning him for a minimum of 32 years![/p][/quote]I think he's rather serve 32 years here than in an Albanian jail, he's not going nowhere soon.[/p][/quote]I'm sure he would but unless he can act like a functioning member of society, he should lose all rights of a British citizen. Tax payers should not have to suffer and support him. Citizenship is an honour and not a right.[/p][/quote]Not disagreeing with you, for me his rights went out the window as soon as killed someone (even if it was drug dealer) however I believe his country of origin has to agree to extradition of criminals, the old Government just deported foreign nationals who had a prison sentence over 2 years, the deal was if you agree to go home they would half the sentence, to me that was a fair deal for scumbags, go home do half your time in jail and never darken our shores again, some European do gooder decided it was unfair to the poorer Eastern European countries. Outside of the Box
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7:04pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Dan Kerins says...

teamgreen wrote:
well echo if you wont post my comment what happened to free speech as i said before which has been removed.deport him to his birth country and we wont have to pay for his stay in hmp out of our taxes.
We haven't removed any of your comments from this article.

You commented on an earlier story, which this article superseded - your post is still there:

http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/briefing
/agim_hoxha/10240044
.Guilty___Arben_Lles
hi_guilty_of_body_in
_the_car_murder/
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: well echo if you wont post my comment what happened to free speech as i said before which has been removed.deport him to his birth country and we wont have to pay for his stay in hmp out of our taxes.[/p][/quote]We haven't removed any of your comments from this article. You commented on an earlier story, which this article superseded - your post is still there: http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/briefing /agim_hoxha/10240044 .Guilty___Arben_Lles hi_guilty_of_body_in _the_car_murder/ Dan Kerins
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8:47pm Wed 20 Feb 13

cantthinkofone says...

Dan Kerins wrote:
teamgreen wrote:
well echo if you wont post my comment what happened to free speech as i said before which has been removed.deport him to his birth country and we wont have to pay for his stay in hmp out of our taxes.
We haven't removed any of your comments from this article.

You commented on an earlier story, which this article superseded - your post is still there:

http://www.dailyecho

.co.uk/news/briefing

/agim_hoxha/10240044

.Guilty___Arben_Lles

hi_guilty_of_body_in

_the_car_murder/
Lol. Pwned by Mr Kerins. :-D
[quote][p][bold]Dan Kerins[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: well echo if you wont post my comment what happened to free speech as i said before which has been removed.deport him to his birth country and we wont have to pay for his stay in hmp out of our taxes.[/p][/quote]We haven't removed any of your comments from this article. You commented on an earlier story, which this article superseded - your post is still there: http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/briefing /agim_hoxha/10240044 .Guilty___Arben_Lles hi_guilty_of_body_in _the_car_murder/[/p][/quote]Lol. Pwned by Mr Kerins. :-D cantthinkofone
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10:10pm Wed 20 Feb 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

Subject48 wrote:
CharlieOxbridge says...
4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13

I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania. Do they have the death penalty?”


No. They adhere to the human rights (as its one of perquisites to becoming a member state). These same human rights are embedded in our legal system in the form of Human Rights Act 1998. So, lack of hanging, torture and abuse of power by the executive is safeguarded by our being in the EU.

Of course, the sheep are only bleating what the crazy fascists shepherds are telling them to bleat.

Only seeing one side of the coin is never good. Long live UKIP eh guys? We can go back to the good old days of lynching’s and hanging
I think you will find that they are not part of the EU. The reason being is because the EU think Albania was moving too slowly in the fight against corruption and organised crime and these 3 fine examples are no exception, even more reason to keep the likes of Romania and Bulgaria out of our country. To be honest this guy has done us a favour, he's not only removed one drug dealer from off our streets, he's removed himself and another. Long continue the hard work of the Police in the fight against drugs in the City of Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: CharlieOxbridge says... 4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13 I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania. Do they have the death penalty?” No. They adhere to the human rights (as its one of perquisites to becoming a member state). These same human rights are embedded in our legal system in the form of Human Rights Act 1998. So, lack of hanging, torture and abuse of power by the executive is safeguarded by our being in the EU. Of course, the sheep are only bleating what the crazy fascists shepherds are telling them to bleat. Only seeing one side of the coin is never good. Long live UKIP eh guys? We can go back to the good old days of lynching’s and hanging[/p][/quote]I think you will find that they are not part of the EU. The reason being is because the EU think Albania was moving too slowly in the fight against corruption and organised crime and these 3 fine examples are no exception, even more reason to keep the likes of Romania and Bulgaria out of our country. To be honest this guy has done us a favour, he's not only removed one drug dealer from off our streets, he's removed himself and another. Long continue the hard work of the Police in the fight against drugs in the City of Southampton. CharlieOxbridge
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10:19pm Wed 20 Feb 13

cantthinkofone says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
Subject48 wrote:
CharlieOxbridge says...
4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13

I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania. Do they have the death penalty?”


No. They adhere to the human rights (as its one of perquisites to becoming a member state). These same human rights are embedded in our legal system in the form of Human Rights Act 1998. So, lack of hanging, torture and abuse of power by the executive is safeguarded by our being in the EU.

Of course, the sheep are only bleating what the crazy fascists shepherds are telling them to bleat.

Only seeing one side of the coin is never good. Long live UKIP eh guys? We can go back to the good old days of lynching’s and hanging
I think you will find that they are not part of the EU. The reason being is because the EU think Albania was moving too slowly in the fight against corruption and organised crime and these 3 fine examples are no exception, even more reason to keep the likes of Romania and Bulgaria out of our country. To be honest this guy has done us a favour, he's not only removed one drug dealer from off our streets, he's removed himself and another. Long continue the hard work of the Police in the fight against drugs in the City of Southampton.
Who's the "other"?
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: CharlieOxbridge says... 4:16pm Wed 20 Feb 13 I wonder what the equivalent punishment would have been in Albania. Do they have the death penalty?” No. They adhere to the human rights (as its one of perquisites to becoming a member state). These same human rights are embedded in our legal system in the form of Human Rights Act 1998. So, lack of hanging, torture and abuse of power by the executive is safeguarded by our being in the EU. Of course, the sheep are only bleating what the crazy fascists shepherds are telling them to bleat. Only seeing one side of the coin is never good. Long live UKIP eh guys? We can go back to the good old days of lynching’s and hanging[/p][/quote]I think you will find that they are not part of the EU. The reason being is because the EU think Albania was moving too slowly in the fight against corruption and organised crime and these 3 fine examples are no exception, even more reason to keep the likes of Romania and Bulgaria out of our country. To be honest this guy has done us a favour, he's not only removed one drug dealer from off our streets, he's removed himself and another. Long continue the hard work of the Police in the fight against drugs in the City of Southampton.[/p][/quote]Who's the "other"? cantthinkofone
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9:58am Thu 21 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

My bad :)
My bad :) Subject48
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9:59am Thu 21 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

I was sure albania became a member state with the latest expansion. Guess Not. Still, you get the gist of my argument :P
I was sure albania became a member state with the latest expansion. Guess Not. Still, you get the gist of my argument :P Subject48
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9:56am Fri 22 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Just an idea, why don’t our Government pay the Albanian Government to keep them in their prisons for the length of their sentence.

So the Albanian government gets an income for something they wouldn’t normally get, we get rid of these two nice chaps out of our country and we then have 2 prison spaces for our own scumbags
Just an idea, why don’t our Government pay the Albanian Government to keep them in their prisons for the length of their sentence. So the Albanian government gets an income for something they wouldn’t normally get, we get rid of these two nice chaps out of our country and we then have 2 prison spaces for our own scumbags Pikey-Biker
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10:34am Fri 22 Feb 13

Raxx says...

One of them was completely acquitted of having anything to do with the killing, and was threatened into doing the thing he pleaded guilty to - carrying the body to the car. Try reading the judge's comments linked earlier.
One of them was completely acquitted of having anything to do with the killing, and was threatened into doing the thing he pleaded guilty to - carrying the body to the car. Try reading the judge's comments linked earlier. Raxx
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