May 13 2008

– The prime suspect in the murder of altar boy Jimmy Mizen has been arrested.

Police swooped on 19-year-old Jake Fahri earlier this afternoon.

His arrest followed reports that officers were seeking a teenager of Turkish origin who is believed to be known to the Mizen family.

A warrant for his arrest was issued to all police forces after the teenager dumped clothes thought to be stained with Jimmy’s blood at his parents’ house before fleeing, according to reports.

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Loving family: Jimmy hugs his mother, Margaret, during a night out

Police have already raided the property and recovered a top and jogging bottoms along with a number of other “highly significant” items, the Sun claimed.

A witness is thought to have recognised the suspect and tipped off police but despite raiding several properties, they were unable to find him.

He allegedly already has previous convictions for assault and other more minor offences.

Scotland Yard have refused to confirm an arrest warrant has been issued, citing “ongoing operational reasons” for not discussing the suspect.

mizenJimmy’s friends gather near to the scene of the killing, which is fast become a shrine, with piles of flowers laid in the schoolboy’s memory

Jimmy was killed at a baker’s shop in south London on Saturday when his throat was slashed with a shard of broken glass.

The teenager had been on his way home from buying a lottery ticket to celebrate turning 16 a day earlier.

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United in grief: Barry and Margaret Mizen clutch their family to them today after a mass to celebrate their son’s life at his school

His heartbroken girlfriend, Sian Joyce, 16, wept as she left a poignant note at the scene where he was killed yesterday.

It read: “R.I.P. I love you” and was decorated with a heart and two kisses.

She said: “I have only known him since October but I have been out with him loads. We talked all the time. We used to go out for dinner and we went up to London.

“I found out about his murder about an hour after it happened. I still can’t believe it.”

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Tributes: Mr Mizen with son, George, as they inspect flower tributes near where Jimmy died

Jimmy’s mother, Margaret, has already revealed that she feels no anger towards her son’s killer despite the horrific crime.

She said: “People keep asking me why I am not angry. But I say it was anger that killed my son.

“If I was angry I would be the same as this boy. There is too much anger in the world. People need to find peace not anger.”

Jimmy had been buying sausage rolls with his brother Harry, 18, in the Three Cooks Bakery near the family home, in Lee, South-East London, at midday, when a man came in and challenged him to a fight outside.

The teenager refused – and his assailant began smashing up the shop – before slashing Jimmy’s throat with a shard of broken glass.

The schoolboy bled to death on the shop floor as another brother Tommy tried to staunch the blood with a towel, after running to the scene from their home. He died in the arms of his older brother.

Yesterday Mrs Mizen, 55, a devout Roman Catholic, and her husband Barry, attended a special mass at Jimmy’s school, St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive, on what should have been his last day.

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Grief: Jimmy’s former schoolmates visit an impromtu shrine near St Thomas More comprehensive

Of her son’s murderer’s parents, Mrs Mizen said: “What can you really say to them? “You can imagine, that’s their child, they held that boy in their own arms as a baby. They must be in pain.

“It’s so painful that their child has been so cruel and so wicked.”

Reliving the moments after the attack, which she had first heard about from a neighbour, the mother of nine said: “My other son managed to get there in time to hold Jimmy in his arms when he died and that is great comfort to us.

She added: “Jimmy was very straight-down-the-line. He was happy-go-lucky and he loved playing his guitar and loved playing rugby in the garden.

“He was 16-years-and-a-day-old and I never once told him off.

“I spoke to the children [in school] this morning to tell them to do their very, very best to get through the next few weeks in memory of Jimmy.

“If they can get through the next few weeks they can grieve afterwards.

“It is our faith that keeps us going, we would never cope otherwise. Lots of people have given us cards and flowers. God is with us and in our family.”

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A crowd of school chidren lined up in front of the flowers left in memory of the altar boy

Hugs: School friends consol one another as they try to come to terms with Jimmy’s death

Jimmy’s father said: “Jimmy related to all age groups. He was just as comfortable talking to adults as young children.

“He was a dear sweet young man. 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.”

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, who is leading the investigation into the teenager’s death, said: “It was Jimmy’s birthday on Friday and today would have been his last day at school – a time any parent will know marks the transition from teenager to adult.

“In keeping with this and his good nature, Jimmy showed great maturity and refused to react to the antagonistic actions of the suspect.”

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Disbelief: One friend’s tribute reads ‘I can’t believe it man. I will never 4 get you’

There was no racial or gang element to the murder, he added.

Yesterday, a group of 50 students gathered outside the bakery. But instead of celebrating by scrawling farewells on each others’ shirts, his friends used black markers to write “RIP Jimmy”.

A row of school ties fluttered from the railings close to the scene. Two school blazers, birthday balloons and a shirt bearing the words “Jimmy Mizen, Legend” was left outside.

Markus Ryan, Jimmy’s headmaster in Eltham, South-East London, said: “Jimmy was a very well-liked, gentle student who always tried his best.

“Jimmy came from a loving, large Catholic family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy and his family at this very sad time.”

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Jimmy, far left, clowns around with his friends on a night out

Caring: The teenager with his sister Samantha who suffers from Down’s Syndrome

A page dedicated to Jimmy on the social networking site Facebook has more than 2,000 members. On it, his brother Danny, 30, wrote: “i miss you bro and love you so much, always in my heart”.

Friend Matthew Stolworthy wrote: “Jimmy was a boy with a smile fixed upon his face and you couldn’t help but smile back at him.

“He was a Mizen through and through. The last time I saw him he was dancing, laughing and having a class time! That is how I will remember him.”

Hannah McCarthy wrote: “Jimmy you always could bring a smile to every1s face and you were a legend that will never be forgoten [sic] hope your [sic] at peace now, a great friend miss you always Hannah xxx”

Tragic: Jimmy had stopped off at the bakery with his brother on his way back from buying a lottery ticket to celebrate turning 16.

– Charlotte Gill & Colin Fernandez


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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