AN asylum seeker who murdered a DJ was on the run for double murder when he conned his way into the UK.
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, who arrived by ship in 2019 and claimed to be 14 years old, was actually four years older.
He had already used an assault weapon to kill two further Afghans during a fight over people trafficking in Serbia.
Yesterday, after he was found guilty of fatally stabbing Thomas Roberts, his violent past came to light.
And last night, the local MP called for clarification.
Thomas, a 21-year-old DJ, and aspiring marine attempted to step in during a Bournemouth argument over an e-scooter at 4.30 a.m. last March.
When Abdulrahimzai landed by ship in Poole without any documentation, Serbia was looking for him.
He had also been found guilty of drug trafficking in Italy, and Norway had denied him asylum.
Despite using five different identities after leaving Afghanistan in 2015, he was welcomed in Britain.
After being placed with a foster family, Abdulrahimzai attended a school in Bournemouth and terrorized his younger pupils.
While there, he was convicted of the Serbia murders and jailed in his absence to 20 years.
A boy he beat up was kept at home by his parents, and one mum told The Sun: “The kids were petrified of him and knew he was much older than he was pretending to be.”
It was claimed he frightened girls into sending him indecent selfies.
And a Snapchat video shown in court showed him in a street fight with another man.
Police and social services were aware of Abdulrahimzai after he posed with a machete on a TikTok video.
He was reported to police for having a knife two days before killing Thomas.
Police said inquiries were carried out but he was not arrested and no weapon was found.
They had no idea Abdulrahimzai was wanted for murder until making international inquiries following his arrest.
The keen boxer admitted to stabbing to death Thomas but claimed it was manslaughter through loss of self-control.
He had earlier headbutted a man outside a club and claimed he was in fear for his life when he rowed with Thomas’s pal James Medway over the scooter.
The court heard how Abdulrahimzai became aggressive and Thomas slapped him twice in the face to calm him.
The Afghan said: “I just reacted, I stabbed him twice… I acted instinctively. I lost control.”
One of the wounds pierced Thomas’s heart. Prosecutor Mr. Lobbenberg said: “Twenty-four seconds is all it took for Abdulrahimzai to confront, argue with and kill Thomas Roberts.”
Abdulrahimzai told jurors that his parents were killed by the Taliban after they discovered his father was working with Nato.
He claimed he lashed out at Thomas because he still feared the Taliban.
He was quiet, friendly, and lovely when he first arrived, according to his foster carer Nicola Marchant-Jones, but he suffered from “night terrors” related to his history.
He was programmed to “fight” by default, and he was capable of going “from zero to 100 almost instantly.”
In a statement, Thomas’ family said: “Thomas was loved by many people and is still cherished today despite his absence.
We want this to serve as a caution to everyone not to carry a knife so that other families do not endure what we are doing right now.
After the conviction, the prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg described how Abdulrahimzai killed the two Afghans in July 2018 in a shed where they were living in Serbia.
According to sources, a dispute arose over an attempt to enter Germany.
He had an automatic assault rifle, and two others had pistols, according to Mr. Lobbenberg. Who is the smuggler? One of the gang asked. “He fired 18 shots from a 7.62 caliber Kalashnikov.”
Conor Burns, the MP for Bournemouth West, said of Thomas: “This tragic situation highlights the need for more thorough screening and a quicker asylum processing procedure.