Parents of murdered Lewisham teen remain defiant after being burgled twice


Parents who set up charity cafes in memory of their murdered son remain defiant after they were burgled twice in four days.

Jimmy Mizen was killed in Lee, Lewisham a day after his 16th birthday when a school bully battered him in the face with an oven dish which shattered, severing an artery.

The Good Hope cafes were set up to help fund the For Jimmy charity.

Three of them have been burgled 15 times since 2010, according to Jimmy’s mother, Margaret.

The Ladyfields branch of the Good Hope Cafe was hit on Friday, November 30 and again on Sunday, December 2.

The mother, who has eight other children, said: “We are about rebuilding the community and it can knock you back a bit when this happens.

But this won’t hold us back at all, we are as determined as ever.”

The burglars made away with hundreds of pounds worth of stock and took a charity collection box.

The cafes, all near where Jimmy died, employ 30 autistic trainees who prepare food and serve tables.

Lewisham Mayor Damien Egan paid tribute to the Mizens. He said: “Our thoughts are with the Mizen family.

They do fantastic work for our young people in Lewisham through the For Jimmy charity.

“We’re proud to have them in our borough and are always here to give support when needed.”

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