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'Our son's killer was a time bomb'

By Colette McBeth
BBC News

Jake Fahri
Jake Fahri grew up only streets away from the Mizens

In the large homely kitchen of the Mizen family's semi-detached house in south-east London there is a wall of photographs of a smiling teenage boy.

In some he is in smart school uniform, in others he is playing rugby or surrounded by an army of siblings.

The boy is Jimmy, the second youngest of nine Mizen children.

Jimmy's laughter no longer fills the Mizen home but his presence is still very much felt here.

Seeing and knowing Jimmy was in Tommy's arms gives me more comfort than you can ever imagine
Margaret Mizen

His father Barry is an affable man with strong family values: "Jimmy was the sparkle in this family and for a while the sparkle was extinguished.

"But that sparkle will be there. We'll never forget Jimmy."

Jimmy turned 16 on 9 May 2008.

The following day was a warm spring day, a Saturday, and he should have been working in his father's shoe repair shop but he had been given the day off as a treat.

Instead he went to buy his first lottery ticket with his older brother Harry.

'Went berserk'

The pair went on to the Three Cooks Bakery in nearby Lee so Harry could buy a sausage roll.

When they got there 19-year-old Jake Fahri was inside.

Jimmy Mizen
Jimmy was killed a day after his 16th birthday

Fahri wanted to get to the cakes and brushed past Jimmy who, he claimed, was rude.

Harry Mizen's account is somewhat different. He says Fahri was aggressive.

Either way they got into an argument and Fahri hit Jimmy on the head with a soft drinks bottle.

The brothers retaliated and pushed him out of the shop.

The manager of the bakery that day was Lesley Crocker. At this point, she says, Fahri "just went berserk".

He smashed his way back into the shop, grabbed a large glass dish from the counter and threw it at Jimmy.

It shattered and severed an artery in his neck. The fight, from start to finish, was over in three minutes.

'Where's Jimmy?'

By this time another brother, Tommy Mizen, was on his way to help. When he arrived he followed a trail of blood to a store cupboard. He pushed the door open to find his little brother behind it, bleeding heavily.

Jimmy collapsed into his arms and Tommy stayed there cradling him until the paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This fella was a time bomb. If it wasn't Jimmy it would have been someone else
Barry Mizen

Jimmy's mother Margaret was also in the shop within a matter of minutes.

"Everyone was screaming at me not to go into the bakers," she recalls.

"I said 'don't tell me what to do, it's my son, where's Jimmy?' And they said don't go out there and when I got out there I just remember seeing Jimmy in Tommy's arms and Tommy looked at me and said 'Mum go out, he's fine'.

"And I went out like a child and I knew Jimmy wasn't alright and then I'm told I fainted.

"Seeing and knowing Jimmy was in Tommy's arms gives me more comfort than you can ever imagine because I know Jimmy loved Tommy and Tommy loved Jimmy," she adds.

Gangsta rapper

On Friday, an Old Bailey jury found Jake Fahri guilty of Jimmy Mizen's murder.

The dish which killed Jimmy Mizen
The oven dish shattered when it hit Jimmy Mizen's jaw

Fahri grew up a few streets away from the Mizens in a smart-looking terraced house with his father, a heating engineer, his mother and a younger sister.

But while Jimmy played rugby and did well at his Catholic comprehensive school, Fahri was styling himself as a gangsta rapper, and went by the street name Dirrty Detz.

Harry Mizen had come across him twice before. In 2001 Harry, then aged 11, said Fahri had bullied and taken money from him.

Then in 2003, when Fahri was just 13, he punched and kicked Harry.

Mrs Mizen reported this to the police. Three years later, aged 16, Fahri attacked a teenage girl in the street and was convicted of common assault.

Barry and Margaret Mizen at the Old Bailey on 13 March 2009
Jimmy Mizen's parents have shown no anger

Jimmy's father said: "This fella was a time bomb. If it wasn't Jimmy it would have been someone else. And you wonder how many more time bombs there are walking around.

"The guy was incapable of thinking 'if you do this, this could happen'."

Remarkably Mrs Mizen feels no anger.

She said: "It's anger that killed Jimmy and I could be angry now and what's going to happen?

"It's going to make me much more difficult to live with my family and my family need me. And it's not going to bring Jimmy back."

Mr Mizen said: "Good has to come out of this.

"It can't just be Jimmy died, end of story. We're allowing anger and selfishness to take over.

"Let's all say we've had enough of this, that we're not prepared to put up with this anymore.

"Let's do it differently. And if it's in Jimmy's name so much the better."

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