Murder of Jimmy Mizen

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Jimmy Mizen
Born Jimmy Mizen
(1992-05-09)9 May 1992
London, England
Died 10 May 2008(2008-05-10) (aged 16)
Lee Green, London, England
Cause of death Blood loss
Nationality British
Known for Murder victim
Home town London
Parent(s) Barry and Margaret Mizen MBEs
Family George Mizen (Brother), Harry Mizen (Brother), Samantha Mizen (Sister), Bobby Mizen (Brother), Tommy Mizen (brother), Bill Mizen (Brother), Danny Mizen (Brother), Joanne Mizen (Sister)
Website forjimmy.org

Jimmy Mizen was a 16-year-old schoolboy who was murdered on 10 May 2008 in Lee Green, London. A 19-year-old youth, Jake Fahri, was arrested and convicted in March 2009 of his murder.[1]

Background[edit]

Mizen (9 May 1992 – 10 May 2008) was the son of Barry and Margaret Mizen. He was their sixth son and eighth child.[2] Mizen was 16 years old, 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) tall and 14 stone (89 kg). He lived in Lee Green and attended St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School in Eltham, south east London.

Jake Fahri had a string of convictions involving robbery and violence. On 19 July 2004, he was given a nine-month referral order for taking part in a gang knife-point robbery of a schoolboy at Falconwood station in Bexley, southeast London. On 4 January 2005, he was given a 12-month supervision order for the robbery of an adult in Greenwich Park on 13 April 2004. On 13 April 2006, he was given an 18-month supervision order for an unprovoked assault on a girl in the street and burglary.[3]

The Mizen family had previous dealings with Jake Fahri. In 2001 he walked up to Harry Mizen in the street and asked for money before punching him in the stomach. Harry, who was 10 years old, handed over 20p but told his mother about the incident and she made a complaint to Fahri's school. Two years later, on 1 April 2003, Fahri saw Harry in Woodyates Road, Lee, and demanded to know why he had 'grassed'. Harry tried to escape but Fahri grabbed hold of his shirt and threatened to beat him up before punching him in the chest. Police visited Fahri's home on 7 May 2003, to speak to him about the incident and gave him a harassment warning. The culmination of these events led to the incident in which Jimmy Mizen was murdered.

Incident[edit]

At approximately 11.30 on the morning of Saturday, 10 May 2008, a day after his sixteenth birthday, Jimmy Mizen was inside the Three Cooks Bakery in Burnt Ash Hill, south London, with his brother Harry. Jake Fahri, 19, of Milborough Crescent, Lee, entered the shop and an altercation began when Jimmy stood up to threats being made against him by Fahri.

5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) Fahri challenged Jimmy to go outside the shop but Jimmy refused.[4] Not wanting to lose face after picking a fight with Jimmy, Fahri went back in the shop and hit Jimmy with two plastic drinks. The Mizen brothers defended themselves and traded punches with Fahri. All three then crashed into a glass cake display, before Fahri was bundled out of the shop.[5]

Fahri then re-entered the shop with a metal-framed advertising sign and started poking Jimmy with it. Jimmy held onto the sign, and Fahri reached for a 12-inch (30 cm) hot glass dish from the counter and threw it at Jimmy. Shattering on his chin, a one-and-a-half-inch glass shard pierced his neck and severed vital blood vessels. According to witnesses Fahri exited the bakery with a triumphant grin on his face.

Jimmy managed to stagger into the rear of the bakery, and into a cupboard, to shield himself from the possibility of Fahri's returning, where his older brother, Tommy, who was 27 at the time, found him. Jimmy collapsed in his brother's arms. Their mother Margaret arrived soon after and fainted at the sight of her son. She regained consciousness soon after, and called her husband, Barry, who arrived an hour later, only to find his son had died.

Arrest, investigation and trial[edit]

Fahri handed himself into police custody three days later after the attack.[6] In police recordings of his interviews, Fahri commented: "Someone has died because of me. I didn't mean it, I didn't mean to kill him."

Fahri's account of events was that he panicked when he thought he was losing grip on the advertising sign. Fahri, crying, said: "I can feel it coming out of my hands so I panicked. I looked to my left. There was a tray there. I picked it up and threw it. I didn't mean to hit him, I didn't. I just threw it. I thought he would put his hands up so he'd let go of the sign. All I wanted to do is, I didn't want him to hit me with the sign, so I picked up the dish. I didn't think it would smash and I threw it and it hit him and it hit him. I didn't mean... I didn't mean it to... for that to happen... I didn't mean to hit him. didn't want to hurt him, didn't want to. I might have been lippy at the start, you know, but I didn't mean it to happen." He said he ran off when Jimmy Mizen let go of the sign. He was challenged by Jimmy's older brother Tommy, 27, outside the shop. Fahri said he only learned of Mizen's death when his mother rang him to explain what had happened. Fahri said he went in the shop for a sandwich. He changed his mind and turning around saw Mizen was standing in his way. Fahri said: "I've made a step and looked at him to say, you know I'm trying to get past. I didn't get no reaction so I've brushed past him and he's obviously, he took offence to that, and he said 'Don't touch me'." He then challenged the Mizens to go outside but re-entered after seeing Harry on the phone summoning Tommy to help.

Fahri was remanded in custody and stood trial for the murder of Jimmy Mizen at the Central Criminal Court on 11 March 2009 before Mr Justice Calvert-Smith and a jury. At his trial, Fahri admitted throwing the glass dish but denied murder.

Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, said: "A trivial incident, brought about by the defendant's rudeness, escalated into something horrific. The defendant reached for any and every available weapon with which to attack the Mizen brothers. The whole incident lasted no more than three minutes – three minutes of absolute madness on the part of this defendant."

Pathologist Dr Benjamin Swift told the court that Jimmy Mizen died from loss of blood. A glass shard had severed the carotid artery and jugular veins which were both 0.4in (1 cm) below the skin near the jaw.

The jury rejected Fahri's version of events and found him guilty of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of fourteen years.[7]

For Jimmy[edit]

In 2009 the Mizen family set up the charity The Jimmy Mizen Foundation now called For Jimmy which is based in Lee Green. The CEO of the charity is one of Jimmy's brother's Bill. The charity works with schools all over the uk, where Margaret and Barry share Jimmy's story and they help young people make their local cummunities safer, so they can feel safe when walking home. Margaret, Barry and their eldest son, Danny, traveled to Kenya with CAFOD, to take the charity message out there. In 2011 some of Jimmy's brother, Bobby, Tommy, Bobby and Harry and Jimmy's sister, Joanne, and his nephew, James, travled to Nepal with some scouts and friends to do a trek around the Annapurna Circuit in memory of Jimmy. Jimmy's youngest brother George Mizen (17) also did this trek with a local scout group back in March 2016 in memory of Jimmy.

For Jimmy also puts on a lot of events such as their 21 Bridge walk, which takes place every year since 2013 which was Jimmy's 21st birthday. It's from Richmond to Tower Bridge. They also hold a cummunity event in Ladywell Fields called Sparkle. The charity is growing each year and also has three cafe's.

The Mizen family opened the first café in Hither Green in 2010, a mile away from the bakery where Jimmy Mizen was killed. The Cafe of Good Hope now called Good Hope Cafè. [8]

The café is Directed by Jimmy Mizen's older brother, Danny Mizen, All proceeds from the café go towards For Jimmy. . They have since opened three new cafés: Sammy T's which is now closed. Also Ten Thousand Hands Café in Ladywell Fileds and Ladywell which is also based in Ladywell.[9]

In 2010, The Tablet named the Mizen family as among Britain’s most influential Roman Catholics. Jimmy Mizen's parents, Barry and Margaret Mizen, were both appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to young people in London.[10][11]

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