A double killer who has sought asylum in the UK has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a man during an argument over an electric scooter.
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, was convicted earlier this week of the murder of Thomas Roberts, 21, in Bournemouth, Dorset, last year.
He will serve a minimum of 29 years.
Before jailing Abdulrahimzai for life, Judge Paul Dugdale said: “In seconds you killed a perfectly decent man with a bright future who was greatly loved by so many.
“Your momentary act of extreme and senseless violence has left a family with a tragic loss they will feel for the rest of their lives.”
Mr Roberts had acted as a ‘peacemaker’ after his friend James Medway argued with Abdulrahimzai over an electric scooter left outside a Subway sandwich shop in March.
Mr Roberts slapped Abdulrahimzai in the face during the 24-second standoff.
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Abdulrahimzai then revealed a knife he had hidden between the two trousers he was wearing and stabbed Mr Roberts twice before fleeing into nearby woods.
He then buried the knife before burning the pants, jacket and an Afghan flag he was wearing as a sling.
Following the sentencing, Dorset Police Chief Detective Inspector Simon Huxter said: “Tommy’s family and loved ones have suffered indescribable loss as a result of this horrific knife incident.
“Questions relating to the defendant’s background and previous convictions have been shared with relevant agencies to ensure appropriate reviews are conducted and areas for learning are identified.”
The killer’s violent past went undetected
Abdulrahimzai claimed to have fled his home country of Afghanistan after being tortured by the Taliban and killing his parents.
After the verdict was delivered, the court heard how he had already been found guilty of murdering two people in Serbia, as well as a firearms offence.
A trial was held in his absence after he fled the country and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
He arrived in the UK after leaving the country, but his violent past went undetected, and he even managed to trick the authorities into thinking he was 14 – up to six years old. less than his actual age.
He was placed in foster care when he arrived and one of his guardians had already seen him carrying a knife.
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The Home Office said it would investigate the “missed red flags” and review all the circumstances surrounding the case.
“Foreign offenders who exploit our system and commit crimes here in the UK will face the full force of the law, including prompt deportation for those eligible,” a spokesperson said.
“The government is committed to ending abuse of the immigration system, taking decisive action against those who try to game the system.”
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