An asylum seeker from Afghanistan has been found guilty of murder after he stabbed a man to death over a disagreement about an e-scooter in Bournemouth. It has now been revealed the killer was also convicted of murder in Serbia and drug dealing in Italy.
21-year-old Thomas Roberts was fatally stabbed outside a Subway in Bournemouth in the early hours of March 12, 2022.
Jurors at Salisbury Crown Court heard how Mr Roberts was acting as a "peacemaker" following an argument between his friend James Medway and 21-year-old Afghan asylum seeker Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai.
The disagreement was over an e-scooter that was left outside a shop on Old Christchurch Road.
The brief confrontation between the three men, which lasted less than a minute, resulted in Mr Roberts slapping Abdulrahimzai across the face.
Abdulrahimzai responded to the slap by pulling out a 10-inch knife with a gold handle that was concealed between two pairs of trousers and stabbing the victim twice - once in the chest and once in the abdomen.
The attacker fled the scene and buried the weapon in woodland close by, he then burned his jacket, trousers, and an Afghan flag he was wearing as a scarf.
Police traced the killer from his mobile phone that he dropped when he fled the scene.
Abdulrahimzai had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, however, the jury at Salisbury Crown Court found him guilty of murder today.
Following his conviction, it was revealed that Abdulrahimzai had previously been convicted of murder in Serbia and drug dealing in Italy.
Ellie Fargin, prosecuting, said at a preliminary hearing: "Two people were shot dead outside a refugee area by a petrol station.
"Evidence seems to come from a taxi driver who drove people to the scene, and they see a photograph and they point the defendant out as the person they drove.
"And there was evidence from someone, who in this country would be considered a co-defendant, also given at the trial."
Authorities in Serbia were seeking his extradition but it is unlikely that the UK will grant an extradition request until he serves his sentence for crimes committed on British soil.
The killer arrived in the United Kingdom in December 2019.