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Seeking justice for Jimmy

PUBLISHED: 13:16 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

FAMILY UNITED: Dad Barry Mizen, mum Margaret, and far right, Danny Mizen.

FAMILY UNITED: Dad Barry Mizen, mum Margaret, and far right, Danny Mizen.

A TEENAGER was killed by a school bully who went berserk after he was told to get some manners, a court has heard.

BROTHER: Tommy Mizen.

A TEENAGER was killed by a school bully who went 'berserk' after he was told to get some manners, a court has heard.

Jimmy Mizen, 16, from Lee, bled to death after Jake Fahri threw a 1kg glass tray at him that smashed on impact, severing an artery last May, jurors at the Old Bailey heard.

It was said the St Thomas More schoolboy refused to let 20-year-old Fahri, his brother Harry's former bully, intimidate him at the Three Cooks bakery in Burnt Ash Hill.

Having just brought his first lottery ticket the day after his 16th birthday, Jimmy and his brother Harry, then 19, entered the bakery and stood behind Fahri in the queue, jurors heard.

The Old Bailey was told that when Crown Woods School pupil Fahri turned around, he demanded the 6ft 2ins Sidcup shop worker move aside for him.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, bakery worker Lesley Crocker said: "He was stood right up very, very close to him, looking at him saying 'come outside, come outside'.

"Jimmy just stood there staring in front of him."

The court heard that Fahri used a key to point the brothers in the face before fetching two bottles of fizzy drink to threaten them with.

When told to leave the shop Fahri did, but jurors heard he said to Jimmy: "Think you're a big guy? Step outside and I'll show you how big you are."

Standing outside ignored, Fahri was said to then return when he saw Harry phoning his brother Tommy for help, and started hitting the brothers with the bottles.

They retaliated by bundling him through a glass cabinet and into a corner, raining punches on Fahri before pushing him outside.

Witnesses said Fahri went 'mad' outside, kicking through a glass panel and once inside used a shop sign to charge at the retreating brothers.

He finally threw a 1kg heat-proof sausage tray at Jimmy and witnesses said blood spurted out of the teenager's neck "like it was a horror movie".

Moments later, Jimmy's older brother Tommy arrived from the family home in nearby Dallinger Road, Lee, having been told 'Jimmy's in trouble. Get round here.'

Giving evidence on Monday, the ginger-haired brother was not asked to recount his appalling experience last May.

He said he arrived within 30 seconds to see Fahri running from the bakery, who witnesses told police was grinning as he escaped.

Returning to the shop, jurors heard that Tommy shouted 'where is he, where is he?' whilst 16-year-old shop assistant Samantha Pampling was screaming hysterically.

He followed a trail of blood to discover Jimmy hiding in a backroom, still gripping the door handle from the other side.

Opening the door, jurors heard that the wounded teen collapsed into Tommy's arms, who laid him on the floor and minutes later implored their mother to stay away.

When Margaret saw Jimmy she fainted and called for a priest as she came round.

Giving evidence on Monday, Harry Mizen, now 20, said that Fahri had punched him in the stomach some seven years earlier, taking 20p from him.

He told his mother and word got back to Fahri's teachers.

Two years later, the two met again and jurors heard that after Fahri chased Harry, his mother Margaret this time told the police.

Harry Mizen told the court: "He said that he remembered me, aggressively. He said he remembered me from when I grassed on him to the police.

"He said he was going to wait for us outside the shop to give us a slap."

When Mr Aylett asked why he stepped in to help Jimmy, Harry shrugged his shoulders confused, and said "because he is my brother".

As Fahri's defence barrister suggested to Harry that Jimmy swore and was aggressive, their brothers sitting in the public gallery shook their heads slowly.

At one stage of the cross examination, his ashen-faced brothers Danny, Billy and Bobby all sat holding their heads in their hands.

Mr Aylett said on Monday it was "a trivial incident that led to a terrible loss of temper".

He added: "If Jimmy had moved to one side, as the defendant had expected him to, he might be alive today.

"On the other hand, good manners cost nothing and the defendant was being rude."

The trial continues.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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