Introduction and Facts
As of June 2014, Nasser Rezaie (63) was running a taxi firm with his wife in Chelmsford. As part of this, they leased part of their premises to Allan Frampton (60), a mechanic who was using it as a car workshop, and had been for a while.
In June of last year, Mr Rezaie discovered that his wife was having an affair with Mr Frampton. Mr Rezaie did not react well to this, and ‘collapsed’.
It seems that he made threats against Mr Frampton’s life on several occasions, one of which had been recorded by Ms Rezaie.
There was no dispute that in May of this year Mr Rezaie killed by Mr Framption by running him over. The issue at the trial that concluded on 5th November 2015 was whether this was murder, or whether it was manslaughter on the basis of ‘loss or control’.
The jury rejected that it was unplanned and found him guilty of murder in three hours.
On 9th November 2015, Mr Rezaie was sentenced to life imprisonment for this offence.
This is the mandatory sentence for anyone convicted of murder – we have a fact sheet on this here. What is the all important question is the ‘tariff’ – the length of time that Mr Rezaie is required to spend in prison before he can be considered for release.
In this case, the Judge set this at 18 years. What do we make of this? The starting point (see the fact sheet) is one of 15 years imprisonment.
What are the aggravating and mitigating features here? The short answer is that we don’t know – the sentencing remarks have not been published and without them, we just have to guess.
There must have been several identified to take the starting point up by 20%. We would imagine that this is that there was an element of pre-planning, as well as suffering before Mr Frampton died.
There aren’t any apparent mitigating factors (apart, perhaps, from Mr Rezaie’s age), and you can see why the tariff was over the 15 year mark.
We would have thought that 16-17 years would have been sufficient to have reflected the facts of the case, but of course we did not see any of the evidence in the month long trial.
So, for that reason, whilst we would expect an appeal, we would not be surprised if it was unsuccessful.