19-year-old Briton Jailed for Life for Killing Another Teenager in Bakery Brawl

by Gopalan on  March 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM Medico Legal News
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 19-year-old Briton Jailed for Life for Killing Another Teenager in Bakery Brawl
A 19-year-old youth has been jailed for life for killing another teenager in a bakery brawl. The victim's dad calls anger a national malaise.

Jake Fahri was found guilty of the murder of schoolboy Jimmy, who bled to death after a glass dish was thrown at him.

Fahri hurled an oven dish with full force into the boy's face, at a southeast London bakery in May last year. When the glass shattered on impact, a shard severed the boy's jugular and an artery to the brain before embedding itself in his spine.

Jimmy Mizen, who was 6ft 2in tall and described as a "gentle giant," bled to death in his brother's arms.

Fahri must serve a minimum of 14 years in jail after an Old Bailey jury rejected the 19-year-old's claims of self-defence and convicted him of murder.

He was a plumber's assistant who had a history of violence and†been expelled from school for bullying.

He also had four previous convictions; two for robbery - one of which involved a knife - a burglary and a ruthless assault on a teenage girl. On each occasion he avoided a young offenders' unit, instead receiving supervision orders and referrals.

On the morning of May 10 last year Jimmy and Harry, then 19, had gone to buy a sausage roll from the bakery. A day earlier Jimmy had celebrated his 16th brithday.

Prosecutors said Jimmy was killed after an argument that escalated into a fight with Fahri reaching for any weapon with which to attack the Mizen brothers.

The court was told that blood squirted from Jimmy's neck and covered the bakery like a scene from a horror film.

Jimmy staggered into a back room where, 15 seconds later, his older brother Tommy, 27, found him.

He collapsed in Tommy's arms. Their mother Margaret arrived and fainted. She sent for a priest when she came round.

As Jimmy was hit by the glass, Fahri swaggered from the shop with a triumphant grin on his face, according to witnesses.

Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, said: 'A trivial incident, brought about by the defendant's rudeness, escalated into something horrific.

'The defendant reached for any and every available weapon with which to attack the Mizen brothers.

'The whole incident lasted no more than three minutes - three minutes of absolute madness on the part of this defendant.'

Fahri told the court he did not mean to do serious harm.

He said: 'I did not think it would break, let alone hit him in the face. I literally picked it up and slung it in two seconds.'

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons dismissed Fahri's tears and apparent apology to the Mizens during his police interview.

He said: 'I absolutely reject it was remorse and so do the Mizen family. I think it is quite insulting - a tactical ploy.

'Jimmy Mizen was terrified and spent the last seconds of his life behind a closed door and that genuinely sickens me.'

He said the dish was potentially a lethal weapon because it was heavier than a brick and made of glass.

Jimmy was one of nine children in a loving family headed by Mrs Mizen, 56, and her husband Barry, 57, who ran a key cutting business.

He attended St Thomas More Catholic comprehensive school in Eltham and was due to start an apprenticeship with a local council in its housing and maintenance department after taking his GCSEs.

After the verdict, Jimmy Mizen's father bemoaned the rage epidemic that seemed to have got hold of the nation's youth.

Barry Mizen said: 'This country stands apart from other countries. This is a country of civility, a country of fair play, fairness and a country of safety.

'We are rapidly losing that. We are becoming a country of anger, selfishness and fear. It does not have to be like this, together let's try to stop this.'

The teenager's mother Margaret described her son as a 'shining star' and a 'gentleman'.

'I don't feel angry as it was anger that killed my Jimmy,' she said. 'There's too much anger in this world and it has to stop.'

Mrs Mizen said her son was the loveliest, gentlest giant' while his father said he was 'a shining star and a fine young fellow.'

'He enjoyed life. His loss is immense, not only to us but to all his friends and family.

'We are so proud to have been his parents. Jimmy was the shining star in our family and always will be remembered with a smile. God bless you, Jimmy.'

Source: Medindia

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