Man jailed for vigilante murder

Lee James, who murdered disabled Bijan Ebrahimi in a vigilante attack in Bristol, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years. James wrongly accused of Ebrahimi of being a paedophile before beating him to death and burning his body.

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Vigilante victim 'had been filming suspected vandals'

A disabled man who was beaten to death and set on fire was wrongly labelled as a paedophile by neighbours after photographing youths he suspected of vandalising his treasured hanging baskets.

The court was shown footage of killer Lee James drinking a can of beer in a communal area in front of the flats while looking after his children, which Bijan Ebrahimi had filmed.

Lee James is filmed in the communal area from Bijan Ebrahim's window. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police handout

"Whatever the cause of it, there were a number of neighbours who were hostile to Mr Ebrahimi and alleged he was a paedophile," the prosecutor said. "There is in fact no evidence whatsoever to support this claim."

Lee James was given a life sentence and told he would serve a minimum of 18 years of the "act of murderous injustice".

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