Southampton man sentenced to 32 years minimum for the murder of Agim Hoxha

20/02/2013

Arben Lleshi was found guilty today at Winchester Crown Court of the murder of Agim Hoxha in Southampton last year. Arben Lleshi has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 32 years. In addition to this he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to four years imprisonment to run concurrently.

Afrim Lleshi was found not guilty of the murder of Agim Hoxha but had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, by assisting in the disposal of his body, and was given a custodial sentence of three years and three months.

Following the sentence, Alastair Nisbet, Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit said: "The discovery of the body of Agim Hoxha in his burning Mercedes car in the early hours of 10 April last year triggered an investigation by Hampshire Constabulary into his murder, which revealed his own large scale involvement in dealing in cocaine.

"Following their investigation, the Force then passed a file of evidence to the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit and after careful consideration of all the available evidence in this case I decided that there was sufficient evidence to charge Arben and Afrim Lleshi with the murder of Agim Hoxha.

"One of the complexities of this case was that Arben Lleshi had gone back to his native Albania after the killing of Agim Hoxha. Albania will not extradite her own nationals to the UK but I applied for a European Arrest Warrant on which Arben Lleshi was later arrested in Rome and extradited to the UK.

"The defendants and victim in this case were involved in criminal activities.  Agim Hoxha, behind his public image of a hard working, football playing crane driver, was a criminal who had decided to engage in the lucrative but hazardous business of drug dealing. That did not in any way diminish his right to life, however, and his murder was investigated and prosecuted with the rigour and attention to detail due to any murder.

"We hope that these convictions will bring some kind of comfort to Mr Hoxha's relatives both living in the UK and in Albania and our thoughts are with them at this time."