Timeline to tragedy

PUBLISHED: 16:03 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 25 August 2010

Jimmy and mother Margaret Mizen

Jimmy and mother Margaret Mizen

Friday May 9: Jimmy Mizen celebrates his 16th birthday with family.

Friday May 9: Jimmy Mizen celebrates his 16th birthday with family. Father Barry Mizen said: "On the night of his birthday when he was going out with his friends we cuddled him and told him we loved him and that is a great memory."

Saturday May 10: Mr Mizen, 56, gives Jimmy the day off from shoe repair family business on Sidcup High Street. Jimmy goes out with brother Harry, 18, to buy his first lottery ticket.

11.45am: At the Three Cooks Bakery, Burnt Ash Hill Jimmy is allegedly challenged by a young man but refuses to fight. Moments later, Jimmy's throat is slashed by a shard of glass.

11.50am: Police called to the bakery. Harry calls their brother Tommy, 26, for help.

11.53am: Tommy arrives and cradles Jimmy in his arms as he lies dying.

11.55am: Emergency services arrive but Jimmy is pronounced dead at the scene, having bled to death. A nationwide hunt for Jimmy's suspected attacker is launched.

Sunday May 11: Mizen family attend church service at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Burnt Ash Hill.

Priest Father Edward describes the family as "pillars of their community".

Monday May 12: On what was due to be Jimmy's last day at school before his GCSEs, his parents and friends at St Thomas More RC School, where his father was a governor, pay tribute to the 6ft 4ins 'gentle giant'.

Mum Margaret tells reporters: "Jimmy was a saint. If anyone would go up to heaven then Jimmy would.

"He didn't have bad thoughts about people, he didn't judge people, he didn't judge anybody."

Head teacher Markus Ryan describes Jimmy as someone who "always tried his best".

Tuesday May 13: Media reports circulate during the morning that Jimmy's suspected attacker has fled to Cyprus but police arrest a 19-year-old man in London on suspicion of murder in the afternoon.

He remains in custody at an unspecified police station in London at the time of going to press.

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