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Asylum seeker who stabbed Brit to death had already killed two other people in Serbia | UK | News

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, has been found guilty of the murder of Thomas Roberts

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, has been found guilty of the murder of Thomas Roberts (Image: PA)

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, was jailed for 20 years in his absence for gunning down two victims in Serbia with an assault rifle in a row over trafficking.

The refugee committed his double murder just months before arriving in Britain and telling Border Force officers he was 14 – when he was actually 18.

Abdulrahimzai has also been convicted of drug dealing in Italy.

The case has prompted demands for the asylum system to be hugely toughened up to prevent violent criminals reaching the UK.

Former Home Secretary Priti Patel told the Daily Express it highlights why age verification of illegal migrants is vital. She said: “This is a deeply, deeply harrowing case.

“Everyone’s thoughts are with the family whose lives have been scarred by the heinous crimes of this individual who came to the country through illegal means. It makes the case for the changes to the law that were being brought in by the Nationality and Borders Act to introduce age verification.

“It also shows the importance of sharing information and data between law enforcement to make sure that people are not just checked over but they face the full force of the law.”

Abdulrahimzai’s criminal past was revealed as he was convicted of murdering DJ Tom Roberts in Bournemouth last March.

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai had previously killed two people in Serbia

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai had previously killed two people in Serbia (Image: PA)

Tom, 21, who dreamed of joining the Marines, was acting as a peacemaker after Abdulrahimzai clashed with James Medway. The pals were having a “chilled” night out when James saw an apparently unattended rental e-scooter and suggested that they ride home.

Abdulrahimzai, with an Afghan flag around his neck and balaclava on his face, claimed the e-scooter was his – and became aggressive.

Tom stepped in to stop the row but knife-obsessed Abdulrahimzai stabbed him twice, Salisbury Crown Court was told. He stayed on his feet briefly but then collapsed, “bleeding profusely”.

Passers-by tried to help but he died later as surgeons operated on wounds to his chest and abdomen. James chased Abdulrahimzai but lost him in woodland. The killer dropped a phone and it was traced to his home in nearby Poole.

Tom’s family wept as his attacker was found guilty of murder today, after admitting manslaughter. He will be jailed for life on Wednesday.

CCTV footage captured Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai on the e-scooter

CCTV footage captured Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai on the e-scooter (Image: PA)

Ex-Border Force director general Tony Smith said the tragedy “demonstrates the need to ensure that all asylum seekers arriving at the UK border without any identity and travel documents are thoroughly screened before they are granted temporary release.

“It is therefore vital that UK enforcement agencies continue to accelerate efforts to work with source and transit countries on data-sharing agreements.”

Senior Tory MP Sir John Hayes said: “This man terrorised rather than being fearful of terror, persecuted rather than fleeing persecution and he has taken lives. This man is clearly not the type of man we want here. He should be locked up in perpetuity.”

The Daily Express understands tougher legislation will be introduced “within weeks”. A Home Office source said: “It’s this Government’s aim to bring in laws so that we can swiftly remove those who come to this country illegally.”