In the seventh episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the story of Lee James and Bijan Ebrahimi.
Bijan arrived in the UK as a refugee from Iran in 2000 and settled in South Bristol.
He received horrific abuse, both physical and verbal, from his neighbours at several different housing estates.
On July 13, 2013, Bijan was kicked to death by his neighbour Lee James after incorrectly being branded as a paedophile by the other residents.
Lee James was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.
This case is notable for the lack of support Bijan received from both Avon & Somerset Constabulary as well as Bristol City Council.
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Peachey, P. (2013, November 28). A death foretold: Vigilante Lee James’ warning to police days before he murdered disabled man Bijan Ebrahimi after he was wrongly outed as paedophile. Independent. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/death-foretold-vigilante-lee-james-warning-police-days-he-murdered-disabled-man-bijan-ebrahimi-after-he-was-wrongly-outed-paedophile-8969034.html
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Safer Bristol Crime, Drugs and Alcohol Partnership, Safer Bristol Executive Board, & McCallum, D. (2017, October). Multi-Agency Learning Review Following The Murder of Bijan Ebrahimi. Safer Bristol Partnership. https://www.bristol.gov.uk/documents/20182/35136/Multi-agency+learning+review+following+the+murder+of+Bijan+Ebrahimi