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Mizen murder trial: LATEST

PUBLISHED: 17:42 23 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

THE man accused of murdering Jimmy Mizen by throwing a glass tray at him in a bakery told the court he panicked and didn t want to fight.

THE man accused of murdering Jimmy Mizen by throwing a glass tray at him in a bakery told the court he panicked and didn't want to fight.

Jake Fahri, 19, of Milborough Crescent, Lee said he was trying to escape 16-year-old Jimmy after a fight in the Three Cooks bakery on May 10 last year when he threw a dish at him which smashed on impact, the Old Bailey heard today (March 23).

He told the jurors Mr Mizen said 'Don't f***ing touch me,' when he 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."

The court heard that Fahri challenged Jimmy and his brother Harry to a fight outside to show he was not scared but neither of the brothers followed him.

He returned to the shop to buy a bottle of soft drink but said he ended up hitting Jimmy, who worked in his father's Sidcup business, fearing he would punch him, he told the court.

After leaving the shop for a second time, he admitted that he returned to the shop and smashed the glass door and picked up a street sign and prodded the brothers with it "like a lion tamer".

He then threw a 1kg heat-resistant tray of sausages at St Thomas More student Jimmy.

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

He said: "I feel terrible, I didn't mean to do it. I know someone has died because of what I have done. I have a mum and dad and they would be devastated."

Prosecuting Crispin Aylett said: "I'm suggesting you did something stupid and extraordinary if what you say is true."

The trial continues.

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