The Catholic parents of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen say they are prepared to meet their son’s killer in an interview on Good Morning Britain.
Jimmy Mizen was a sixteen-year old schoolboy from Lewisham, London, who lost his life in an unprovoked attack in a bakery in 2008.
Jimmy’s parents, Barry and Margaret Mizen, hit national headlines when, immediately after Jimmy’s murder, they spoke of compassion and forgiveness rather than revenge. Jake Farhi, who was 19 at the time, was convicted of Jimmy’s murder. As the Universe reported last week, after serving 14 years of his life sentence, a Parole Board have decided that Farhi will soon be released.
Margaret told presenters Ed Balls and Charlotte Hawkins that she would like to hear from Jake Farhi about his actions and motivation.
“I want to know why some people end up doing what they do. Jake has had a lot of previous to this, from a very young age. I’d like to hear from him why and what caused it,” she said.
Barry Mizen echoed Margaret’s sentiments. “Let’s try and get the reasons rather than the excuses. What on earth is going on in some people’s lives that allows them to be so violent?” he said.
“It would be great to know what was going on in his (Farhi’s) life. Why did he do the things he did? Where did it come from?”
“Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves. We all get hurt, but forgiveness is a way of managing that pain. That is what we try to get across to young people.”
When asked how hard it would be to face Jake Farhi, Margaret said: “It would be very difficult. It may never happen. I would like to know what was going on in his life.”
She also spoke about her reasons for forgiving.
“I know people don’t understand forgiveness and they say ‘how can this couple talk about forgiveness but after Jimmy was killed I had to learn to lead a new life. I could only do that by forgiving. I also wanted to smile again. If I didn’t forgive this boy, I’d never smile again,” she said.
“We need to share our message of forgiveness and hope far and wide. It’s a message that’s needed-there’s so much hate in this world.”
Barry also spoke of a determination ‘that we will bring some good out of what happened to our son, which is what we intended to do from the beginning. Some good is coming from this.’
Barry and Margaret Mizen continue to share Jimmy’s story and their message of forgiveness through their work with the Mizen Foundation, visiting schools, churches and prisons.
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