An Afghan asylum seeker who stabbed to loss of life an aspiring Royal Marine has been jailed for all times with a minimal time period of 29 years.
Thomas Roberts, 21, was stabbed to loss of life by Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, additionally 21 – who duped Border Drive by posing as a 14-year-old boy – throughout an argument over an e-scooter final 12 months in Bournemouth.
Abdulrahimzai had posed as a younger Afghan orphan with a purpose to acquire entry into the UK in 2019, however in actuality he was a 19-year-old man who was wished by police in Serbia for capturing two folks lifeless in an obvious argument over folks smuggling.
Passing sentence at present, Choose Paul Dugdale described the deadly stabbing as an ‘act of maximum, mindless violence’.
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, posed as a 14-year-old boy to dupe Border Drive officers
He murdered Thomas Roberts, 21, throughout an argument over an e-scooter in Bournemouth city centre
The double-killer who tricked his means into UK
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai was sentenced to a 20-year jail sentence in his absence following a trial over the killing in Serbia, a preliminary listening to for the UK court docket case heard.
Prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg KC stated: ‘Between July 31 and August 1 in 2018, throughout the night in Dobrinci – close to the motorway – he murdered two folks additionally from Afghanistan.
‘The identify he was utilizing was Huan Yasin.’
Mr Lobbenberg KC stated Afghans have been staying in a shed within the space when an argument broke out over trafficking.
‘The defendant arrived and an argument broke in regards to the enterprise of transporting migrants.
‘He was armed with an computerized assault rifle, two others had pistols… one of many group stated ‘who’s the smuggler?’ after which aimed their weapons on the victims
‘He shot 18 rounds of a 7.62 calibre Kalashnikov.
‘It’s a army weapon with nice firepower and speedy fee of fireside.
‘The vary of the capturing was stated to be comparatively quick, three to 10 metres.’
Mr Lobbenberg KC stated the killer didn’t transfer place and fired six rounds into every sufferer, with some bullets hitting their heads.
‘An infinite quantity discovered their goal’, he stated.
Abdulrahimzai, who fled Serbia, was later recognized by a taxi driver who drove him away from the scene, it was heard.
The taxi driver stated he was ‘sweating’ and ‘exhibiting indicators of tension’, with the court docket additionally listening to he bought the weapon from ‘gypsies’.
In November 2020 he was convicted of homicide in his absence by a Serbian court docket, having been wished within the nation for the reason that assaults.
He was understood to be 15 on the time of the killings, it was heard.
He informed Salisbury Crown Courtroom: ‘I sentence on the idea that Mr Abdulrahimzai was always the aggressor that evening and by his behaviour created a scenario that led to Thomas Roberts’ loss of life. Over and above that, he was searching for bother.”
On March 12, 2022, you murdered Thomas Roberts, a person you had by no means met earlier than.
‘You spent 26 seconds of your life with him, on the finish of which you stabbed him fatally twice to the chest with a big knife you routinely carried with you.
‘You began the battle and all through you have been the threatening aggressor.
‘In seconds you took the lifetime of a totally first rate man with a brilliant future who was beloved significantly by so many individuals.
‘Your momentary act of maximum, mindless violence has left a household with a tragic loss that they are going to really feel for the remainder of their lives.’
Earlier, Mr Roberts’ father Philip described how his son’s loss of life has left ‘a horrible void’.
Giving a sufferer impression assertion, he stated: ‘I miss him very a lot in so some ways – his wrestle to rise up for work at 5.30am, I miss having his assist fixing issues at residence, I miss all his buddies coming to the home, I miss his pretty girlfriend coming to stick with him.
‘Tommy is my solely son, I at all times wished a son and he has been taken away from me, leaving a horrible void. I miss him each day, each hour, each minute. Now I ask justice is served.’
Different shut relations additionally addressed the court docket to explain the ache of dropping their relative – who had been ready to seek out out if he had a spot within the commandos when his life was ‘reduce quick’.
His mom, Dolores Wallace-Roberts, stated: ‘My coronary heart bleeds, broken-hearted realizing that you’re not right here anymore.
‘I’ll by no means see you, as a father together with your kids, a good-looking husband to your future spouse – and for me, I’ll at all times have this vacancy.
‘I at all times wished to be a grandmother to your future kids sooner or later, however now it’s only a glimpse within the clouds.
‘I miss your stunning face, that deep dimple of yours if you snicker. I miss your cuddles and hugs and telling me why I shrunk! That cheeky face and digicam shy, I miss you son with all my coronary heart.’
His accomplice Gemma Walker, stated ‘my world, my life and my goal has been ripped away’ and that she is ‘trapped in an countless cycle of disbelief’.
A tearful Ms Walker added: ‘Day by day I get up realizing that Tom is not in mattress mendacity by my aspect.
‘Sitting in that hospital room, ready and praying is essentially the most traumatising factor I’ve ever needed to do. Listening to the docs declare that they couldn’t save him.
‘It’s haunting. I hear it and see it enjoying on repeat. Being speechless and in utter shock and disbelief.
‘It has bodily and mentally damaged me. I didn’t get to say goodbye. I didn’t get to say I like you one final time. I didn’t even get to see him. All possibilities of seeing my boy, my future was ripped away.’
Abdulrahimzai, a ‘knife-obsessed’ former drug seller, had fled Serbia after capturing lifeless two males and being sentenced to twenty years in jail, however his earlier convictions weren’t marked on any police databases or intelligence methods.
Armed police arresting Abdulrahimzai for murdering Mr Roberts in Bournemouth
He arrived in Poole, Dorset, on a Brittany Ferries service from Cherbourg in France on Boxing Day 2019, and was allowed into the UK after telling officers he was a toddler whose dad and mom have been killed by the Taliban.
Mr Roberts was performing because the ‘peacemaker’ within the early hours of March 12, 2022, after his buddy James Medway bought into an argument with Abdulrahimzai.
Mr Medway wished to take an e-scooter Abdulrahimzai had claimed for himself and left propped in opposition to the window of the Subway sandwich store in Outdated Christchurch Street.
The confrontation, which lasted solely 24 seconds, noticed Mr Roberts slap Abdulrahimzai within the face.
Abdulrahimzai then revealed the knife he had hidden between the 2 pairs of trousers he was carrying and stabbed Mr Roberts twice earlier than working away into close by woodland.
He buried the knife within the woods earlier than burning the trousers, jacket, and Afghan flag he was carrying as a shawl.
Nevertheless, he dropped his cell phone as he fled and it was traced to his residence tackle.
Within the months earlier than the incident, Abdulrahimzai shared photos of himself posing with a knife about 10in lengthy on the social media and video sharing app TikTok.
He had been seen carrying a knife by his foster father or mother, who had warned him to not, and had additionally been warned by police and social staff in regards to the risks of carrying a knife.
The asylum seeker, seen right here on bus CCTV, broke down in tears and claimed his dad and mom have been killed by the Taliban and detailed the alleged torture he endured
The Afghan nationwide was at present convicted of the homicide of aspiring Royal Marine Thomas Roberts (above), 21, outdoors a Subway sandwich store in Bournemouth on March 12 final 12 months, having stabbed him twice within the chest with a ’10cm blade’
Abdulrahimzai informed the court docket that he carried a knife as a result of he was ‘fearing’ for his life as a result of there have been folks from Afghanistan who wished to kill him, and he had additionally had loss of life threats in Bournemouth.
The defendant stated he posted pictures of his knife on TikTok to get followers from ‘folks on the market liking knives’.
In his defence, Abdulrahimzai stated he had no intention to kill or trigger actually severe hurt to Mr Roberts – he ‘acted instinctively’, stated he ‘feared for his life’, and felt he needed to defend himself.
After the decision was delivered at Salisbury Crown Courtroom, prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg revealed Abdulrahimzai had been beforehand convicted of murdering two folks in Serbia.
He was discovered responsible of two counts of homicide in addition to a associated firearm offence in 2020 following a trial in his absence, having already fled Serbia.
He had been sentenced to twenty years in jail for the offences, which came about between July 31 and August 1 2018.
Particulars about his journey to security by way of Europe have been additionally revealed in court docket.
The triple killer first headed to Serbia by way of Pakistan and Iran in October 2015, earlier than arriving in Norway later that month with a buddy he thought of to be like an adopted brother.
A police cordon outdoors the Subway sandwich store on Outdated Christchurch Street in Bournemouth
The police cordoned off Horseshoe Frequent in Bournemouth following the deadly stabbing in March final 12 months
Abdulrahimzai then left Norway and spent a while in Italy and Serbia. He utilized for asylum in Norway, however when his software was refused in December 2019, he unnoticed of concern of being deported again to Afghanistan.
Following the sentencing, a Dwelling Workplace spokesman stated: ‘We welcome the choose’s sentencing on this horrific case.
‘Our deepest sympathies are with the household and buddies of Thomas Roberts, whose life has been needlessly reduce quick.
‘Overseas nationwide offenders who exploit our system and commit crimes right here within the UK will face the complete power of the legislation, together with deportation on the earliest alternative for these eligible.
‘The Authorities is dedicated to stopping abuse of the immigration system, taking decisive motion in opposition to those that attempt to play the system.’
The Dwelling Workplace has additionally stated it can examine the ‘pink flags missed’ and have a look at the complete circumstances surrounding the case.
Bloodstained journey of Afghan double assassin who shot two folks lifeless with an AK-47 in Serbia however was allowed to say asylum within the UK earlier than killing once more
By Tom Cotterill for MailOnline
He was the drug dealing double assassin whose violent previous eluded the Dwelling Workplace and Border Drive brokers when he claimed asylum on Boxing Day 2019.
However barely two years after arriving in Poole, Dorset – having duped officers into pondering he was a 14-year-old boy – ‘knife obsessed’ Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai added a 3rd sufferer to his physique rely, murdering harmless Thomas Roberts in chilly blood.
The 21-year-old Afghan nationwide stabbed the aspiring Royal Marine to loss of life throughout an argument over an e-scooter in Bournemouth city centre in March final 12 months.
And on Monday, Abdulrahimzai was discovered responsible of homicide following a trial at Salisbury Crown Courtroom – the place his bloodstained journey from Afghanistan to Bournemouth was lastly unveiled.
In a shocking revelation, the court docket heard how Abdulrahimzai had been handed a 20-year jail sentence in his absence for ruthlessly slaughtering two fellow Afghans in Serbia, gunning them each down with an AK-47 assault rifle in 2018.
Earlier, the court docket heard how as a 15-year-old youngster, Abdulrahimzai had been tortured and left for lifeless by the Taliban – who had beforehand executed each his dad and mom when he was simply 4 or 5.
Now Abdulrahimzai’s journey might be revealed.
The bloodstained journey of triple assassin Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, from Afghanistan, to the coastal resort of Bournemouth, Dorset is revealed
October 2001: Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai claimed, like many Afghan kids, to not know his date of delivery. However a court docket later decided that he was born round this time – simply weeks after Al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden masterminded the 9/11 terror assaults in America.
Abdulrahimzai stated he was 4 or 5 years outdated when his dad and mom have been killed by the Taliban within the Laghman province within the east of the nation.
Oct 2015: Having been tortured by the Taliban and left for lifeless in conjunction with the street, Abdulrahimzai is smuggled out of Afghanistan by way of Pakistan by a person described as his ‘uncle’. He has his fingerprints taken in Serbia, after which a number of weeks later in Norway.
Jul 2016: Abdulrahimzai, utilizing certainly one of his many faux names, has his fingerprints taken within the northeastern port metropolis of Trieste, Italy.
Feb 2017: He’s convicted of two drug offences in Italy and handed a suspended sentence.
Jun 2017: Abdulrahimzai is again in Serbia.
Jul 31 to Aug 1, 2018: Abdulrahimzai weapons down two fellow Afghans with an assault rifle at a shed close to a motorway in Dobrinci in an obvious argument about folks smuggling. He flees in a taxi. He’s declared a wished man by Serbian authorities.
Oct 2018: Abdulrahimzai is again in Norway.
Nov 2019: He applies for asylum in Norway, however is refused.
Abdulrahimzai (centre with black hood) was caught on digicam headbutting a reveller on an evening simply minutes earlier than he murdered an aspiring Royal Marine in a row over an e-scooter
CCTV footage confirmed the second Abdulrahimzai (circled in white) flees on foot whereas being chased by a person (circled in yellow)
Dec 26 2019: Weeks later, Abdulrahimzai travels as an unaccompanied passenger on a Brittany Ferries service from Cherbourg in France to Poole in Dorset. Upon arrival, he tells officers he’s 14, when in actuality he’s regarded as round 19 years outdated.
Jan 2, 2020: He’s positioned into the foster care of Nicola Marchant-Jones, an skilled foster carer in Bournemouth. Adbulrahimzai, who’s initially unable to talk English, later begins attending faculty regionally – the place the wicked killer went on to ‘terrify’ younger ladies, sending them indecent selfies, and beating up younger boys.
Nov 2020: Abdulrahimzai goes on trial, in his absence, in Serbia for the double-murder. He’s convicted and sentenced to twenty years in jail.
Dec 2020: Ms Marchant-Jones raises the alarm with social companies, who contact police, after she spots Abdulrahimzai with a knife throughout a procuring journey. He’s spoken to, however not arrested.
Aug 2021: Abdulrahimzai has an argument together with his foster mom and leaves the house. He’s later positioned with one other household.
Mar 10, 2022: Dorset Police obtain a report that he’s carrying a knife. No weapon is discovered, nevertheless, and no arrests are made.
A picture of the a knife held by Abdulrahimzai in a video posted on his TikTok web page
Mar 12, 2022: Abdulrahimzai headbutts a person throughout a row outdoors a nightclub in Bournemouth. Moments later, he will get into an argument with 24-year-old James Medway over an e-scooter. Thomas Roberts, 21, acts as ‘peacekeeper’ however is then stabbed twice by Abdulrahimzai. The incident lasts lower than half a minute. The killer escapes on foot. Aspiring Royal Marine Mr Roberts dies later in hospital.
Mar 13, 2022: Abdulrahimzai is arrested after unintentionally leaving his cellphone on the scene. He tells officers he’s 16 years outdated.
Jan 23 2023: Abdulrahimzai, decided by a court docket to be 21, is convicted of murdering Mr Roberts.