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Triple-killer asylum seeker illegally got £40k of legal aid after stabbing Royal Marine | The Sun

A TRIPLE-KILLER asylum seeker who posed as a schoolboy to enter the UK illegally received nearly £40,000 of taxpayers’ cash in legal aid after stabbing an aspiring Royal Marine to death.

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, fatally knifed Thomas Roberts with a 10cm blade outside a Subway takeaway in Bournemouth, Dorset on March 12 last year.


The asylum seeker was convicted of murdering the 21-year-old at Salisbury Crown Court in Wiltshire on January 23.

And on January 25, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 29 years, at the same court.

FOI data showes he got £39,776 in legal aid to protest his innocence at stabbing Thomas to death – despite being here illegally.

The cash was for a barrister at trial and solicitor at previous police interviews.

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A source: “He was laughing in the face of justice.

"He killed two people before coming to Britain illegally, then kills another and gets a huge sum of taxpayers cash to defend himself.”

Abdulrahimzai was born in Afghanistan in 2001.

He started moving illegally through international borders at the age of 14 in 2015.

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He initially entered Pakistan and Iran before moving between Norway, Italy and Serbia.

In 2018, the migrant used a Kalashnikov rifle to shoot dead two other Afghan men outside a refugee area near a petrol station.

He was handed a 20-year sentence in his absence for two counts of murder in Serbia.

A year later Abdulrahimzai made a claim for asylum in Norway but it was rejected.

In December 2019, he entered the UK illegally where he claimed asylum, pretending to be an unaccompanied 14-year-old whose parents had been killed by the Taliban.

He was put into foster care and moved to Poole in Dorset.

On March 12 last year, he got into a row with James Medway – a friend of Thomas Roberts – over an e-scooter.

Royal Marine hopeful Tom intervened in the argument and was stabbed in the heart and stomach by Abdulrahimzai.

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When the asylum seeker was arrested on suspicion of murder, he claimed to to be 16-years-old, but dental examination revealed he was 21.

He admitted manslaughter, but denied murder.

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