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I didn't want to fight Jimmy,' says accused

PUBLISHED: 09:58 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:24 25 August 2010

SLAIN: St Thomas More pupil Jimmy Mizen who also worked at his family’s shoe repair shop in Sidcup.

SLAIN: St Thomas More pupil Jimmy Mizen who also worked at his family's shoe repair shop in Sidcup.

THE man accused of murdering Jimmy Mizen in a bakery told a court he panicked and didn t want to fight.

THE man accused of murdering Jimmy Mizen in a bakery told a court he 'panicked' and didn't want to fight.

Jake Fahri, 19, of Milborough Crescent, Lee, was trying to escape the 16-year-old on May 10 last year when he flung a glass dish that smashed on his neck, he told the Old Bailey on Monday.

The former Crown Woods pupil told jurors Mr Mizen said 'don't f***ing touch me' when Fahri brushed past him in the Three Cooks Bakery in Burnt Ash Hill.

Farhri said: "I felt like he had overreacted. I said to him 'who the f*** are you talking to?'

"I felt intimidated but I didn't want to show him I was nervous. It's my local shop and I didn't want to be forced to go elsewhere.

"I thought it was all talk on both parts, I didn't expect anything to happen."

Fahri said altar boy Jimmy appeared to be about to hit him so he punched Jimmy first.

He told jurors the Mizen brothers then beat him up until he stumbled out of the door, leaving him disorientated.

To avoid being attacked again, Fahri said he kicked in the glass door to hit Jimmy, then picked up a street sign to prod the brothers "like a lion tamer".

When Jimmy grabbed hold of the sign, the court heard Fahri flung a 1kg heat-resistant tray of sausages at the St Thomas More student.

The glass severed an artery and Jimmy bled to death from his injuries.

Fahri said: "I feel terrible, I didn't mean to do it. I know someone has died because of what I have done."

The defendant denied losing his temper at any stage despite evidence from witnesses claiming he went 'beserk'.

Prosecuting, Crispin Aylett said: "In order to run away, you think it better to go into the shop where they are, push them back with an advertising board, throw it at them, and run outside?

"I'm suggesting you did something stupid and extraordinary if what you say is true."

Giving his closing speech on Tuesday, Mr Aylett said Fahri had been 'desperate not to lose face' and meant to cause serious injury to Jimmy when he threw the dish.

Fahri's defence counsel was due to give its closing speech yesterday, before Mr Justice Calvert-Smith's summing up for the jury.

The trial continues.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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