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Bijan Ebrahimi death - a timeline of events


A new report says police subjected a disabled man to years of discrimination before his murder. These are the events that led to his death and the consequences for those involved in the years that followed:

  • 2000 - Mr Ebrahimi leaves Iran and moves to Bristol. He is granted indefinite leave to remain in July 2001.
  • 2005 - A tenant in Mr Ebrahimi's rented house in Bedminster throws hot water on him, causing significant scalding injuries.
  • 2006 - Mr Ebrahimi is moved to a flat in The Whartons in Brislington.
  • 2007 - Mr Ebrahimi makes nine 999 calls to police reporting arson on his house and car. "Pervert" is daubed on his front door. He is moved to a flat in Capgrave Crescent.
  • 2008 - 2012 - Mr Ebrahimi makes multiple calls to police - 74 over the course of four years - many are 999 calls, reporting racist abuse, threats and assaults.
Bijan Ebrahimi
Prior to the weekend of his murder, Mr Ebrahimi makes three calls to police, reporting threats
  • July 11 - Mr Ebrahimi reports that neighbour Lee James has come into his flat and head-butted him. Police arrive to find a mob outside. They arrest Mr Ebrahimi.
  • July 12 - Mr Ebrahimi is released from custody and makes 12 calls to police fearing for his safety.
  • July 13 - Mr Ebrahimi again tries to contact police.
  • July 14: Mr Ebrahimi calls police again. He is murdered and his body set on fire at about 1am.
The block of flats where Bijan lived and lost his life
  • September 19 - The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) serves notices of gross misconduct against six police officers.
  • November 28 - Lee James is jailed for life at Bristol Crown Court for Mr Ebrahimi's murder. Neighbour Stephen Norley is sentenced to four years in prison for assisting him.
The IPCC conducts an investigation into 18 police officers and civilian staff.
  • January 20: The IPCC expands its investigation to include officers' treatmentof Mr Ebrahimi in the run-up to his murder and years previously.
  • June 20: The IPCC announces that four further Avon and Somerset Police officersare being investigated - bringing total to 16 police officers and civilian staff.
  • July 11: The IPCC passes a file of evidence about three police officers and a PCSO to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
  • October 7: The IPCC sends a further file to the CPS about two civilian police staff, bringing total number of offices and staff facing misconduct proceedings to 18.
  • December 5: The CPS announces that PCs Kevin Duffy, Helen Harris and Leanne Winter will be charged with misconduct in public office, along with PCSO Andrew Passmore.
Andrew Passmore, left, and Kevin Duffy, right
The officers are put on trial
  • December 21 - Duffy and Passmore are convicted of misconduct in a public office following a six week trial. Harris and Winter are cleared.
Kevin Duffy is jailed for 10 months and Andrew Passmore for four
  • January 22 - Duffy and Passmore are dismissed from Avon and Somerset Police following misconduct hearings.
  • February 9 - Duffy is jailed for 10 months and Passmore for four.
  • May 3 - Harris and Winter are dismissed from Avon and Somerset Police. Ten police officers and staff are given final written warnings, verbal warnings and management advice.
IPCC publish an investigation report

A report by the IPCC published today (July 5th) found Bijan Ebrahimi suffered years of discrimination from police. You can read more on the report's findings here.