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Nov. 18, 2021

S04E07 - Lee James (The Murder of Bijan Ebrahimi)


In the seventh episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the story of Lee James and Bijan Ebrahimi.⁣⁣⁣
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Bijan arrived in the UK as a refugee from Iran in 2000 and settled in South Bristol.⁣
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He received horrific abuse, both physical and verbal, from his neighbours at several different housing estates.⁣
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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.⁣
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Lee James was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.⁣
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This case is notable for the lack of support Bijan received from both Avon & Somerset Constabulary as well as Bristol City Council.⁣

Intro music:
David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'
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Recorded using:
Audacity
iPhone XR

Edited in:
Audacity
DaVinci Resolve 17

Mastered in:
Auphonic

References:

Bijan Ebrahimi death - a timeline of events. (2017, July 5). ITV News. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-07-05/bijan-ebrahimi-death-a-timeline-of-events

Dearden, L. (2017, December 18). ‘We’re extremely sorry’: Murdered Iranian refugee Bijan Ebrahimi failed by police and council’s “institutional racism.” Independent. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bijan-ebrahami-refugee-murdered-iran-killed-paedophile-bristol-avon-somerset-police-council-gang-a8116341.html

Footage of Bijan Ebrahimi shown during police misconduct trial – video. (2015, December 21). The Guardian. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2015/dec/21/bristol-ipcc-bijan-ebrahimi-murder-lee-james-police-misconduct-trial-video

Grandison, S. (Director). (2021). Murdered by a Mob: The Killing of Bijan Ebrahimi [TV Movie]. Zeppelin Films, Channel 5 Television.

Grealish, S. (2021, May 19). Who was Bijan Ebrahimi and what happened to him? The Sun. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14992272/lee-james-bijan-ebrahimi-2/

Hayhurst, C. (2016, January 22). Police officer sacked after being convicted of misconduct over vigilante murder of disabled man wrongly labelled a paedophile. Mirror. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-officer-sacked-after-being-7226826

Morris, S. (2013, November 28). Bijan Ebrahimi: softly spoken brother who suffered horrendous bullying. The Guardian. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/nov/28/bijan-ebrahimi-murdered-victim-impact-statement

Mortimer, C. (2016, May 4). Two police officers sacked over murder probe into man killed by vigilante. Independent. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bijan-ebrahimi-two-police-officers-sacked-over-murder-probe-man-killed-vigilante-a7012096.html

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

Robehmed, S. (2013, November 3). Bijan Ebrahimi case: Three police officers suspended over failure to help innocent man branded a paedophile, beaten and set on fire. Independent. Retrieved November 15, 2021, from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bijan-ebrahimi-case-three-police-officers-suspended-over-failure-help-innocent-man-branded-paedophile-beaten-and-set-fire-8919445.html

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