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.
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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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.