Horrified parents reveal killer Afghan asylum seeker chatted up teenage girls at school
Horrified parents have revealed how a ‘creepy’ killer Afghan asylum seeker who posed as a 14-year-old boy was able to chat up teenage girls at his secondary school.
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai posed as a young Afghan orphan after arriving in Britain in 2019 and was allowed to study at Winton Academy in Bournemouth.
But in reality, he was a 19-year-old man who was wanted by police in Serbia after being sentenced in his absence to 20 years’ imprisonment for shooting two people dead in an apparent argument over people smuggling.
His web of deception – which fooled Border Force and Home Office officials – was made public this week when Abdulrahimzai was convicted of stabbing aspiring marine Thomas Roberts to death in Bournemouth town center last March.
The custody picture of Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, following his conviction for murder this week
Outraged mother Abbie Mercy (pictured) said she was furious that Abdulrahimzai was allowed to be with her children on a daily basis.
The double-killer who tricked his way into UK
Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai was sentenced to a 20-year prison sentence in his absence following a trial over the killing in Serbia, a preliminary hearing for the UK court case heard.
Prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg KC said: ‘Between July 31 and August 1 in 2018, during the evening in Dobrinci – near the motorway – he murdered two people also from Afghanistan.
‘The name he was using was Huan Yasin.’
Mr Lobbenberg KC said Afghans were staying in a shed in the area when an argument broke out over trafficking.
‘The defendant arrived and an argument broke out about the business of transporting migrants.
‘He was armed with an automatic assault rifle, two others had pistols… one of the group said ‘who is the smuggler?’ and then aimed their weapons at the victims
‘He shot 18 rounds of a 7.62 caliber Kalashnikov.
It’s a military weapon with great firepower and rapid rate of fire.
‘The range of the shooting was said to be relatively short, three to 10 metres.’
Mr Lobbenberg KC said the killer did not move position and fired six rounds into each victim, with some bullets hitting their heads.
‘An enormous number found their target’, he said.
Abdulrahimzai, who fled Serbia, was later identified by a taxi driver who drove him away from the scene, it was heard.
The taxi driver said he was ‘sweating’ and ‘showing signs of anxiety’, with the court also hearing he got the weapon from ‘gypsies’.
In November 2020 he was convicted of murder in his absence by a Serbian court, having been wanted in the country since the attacks.
He was understood to be 15 at the time of the killings, it was heard.
The Afghani, now 21, was given a foster mother shortly after arriving in the UK – claiming that the Taliban had executed both his parents.
He subsequently enrolled at Winton Academy, but angry parents of his classmates have now described their horror that he was allowed to mix freely with their children – despite being a cold-blooded killer.
Outraged mother Abbie Mercy said: ‘This scumbag was placed at Winton in my son’s year after he had murdered two people at pretty much point blank range!
‘He was allowed to be with two of my children on a daily basis under the assumption he was 14. He was asking girls out.
‘My anger is not with the school, I feel their hands were tied. It’s the local authority and the government.
‘Where’s the duty of care towards my children?’
Cherri Parsons, whose teenage daughter was in the same year as Abdulrahimzai, added: ‘I was fuming when I found out he had been placed in my 14-year-old daughter’s year group.
‘The school did have their hands tied about accepting him as a student, however where they went wrong was not notifying us parents about it instead of trying to sweep it under the rug.
‘Any kind of inappropriate behavior could have occurred as he was asking 14-year-old girls out and changing with 14-year-old boys in PE.’
A third mother, who asked not to be named, described the murderer as ‘the school bully’.
She said: ‘He was known as Lo because his name was long and complicated to remember.
‘He was a school bully. Obviously, he was much bigger and stronger than his classmates and more manipulative.
‘A lot of the pupils were scared of him. Lo used to get into fights all the time. In fact he was expelled from Winton Academy because of fighting.
‘What I also find horrifying is that he was brazenly chatting up 14-year-old girls at lunchtime. He would come over and sit with them, it was really creepy. He asked a few girls out even though they were under age.
‘I’m angry with the school because the first we knew about all this was when his picture was featured on the news earlier this week when he was convicted of stabbing a young man to death.
‘My daughter turned to me and she was in shock and said “I went to school with him. That’s Lo!”
‘I appreciate that the school may not have known at the time that he was really an adult nor that he’d killed two men in Serbia. But as soon as they were made aware, they should have messaged all the parents to apologize and explain how this man was able to pose as a 14-year old boy.
‘We’ve heard nothing from the school. I phoned them yesterday and someone there just said that their “hands are tied” and they have to say “no comment” at this stage.
The mother continued: ‘It’s just not good enough. A double murderer and drug dealer was able to go to school with our children, something horrific could’ve happened. At least acknowledge that!
‘Luckily, Lo started at the school in 2020 when the kids were in and out due to the Covid epidemic.’
An image of the a knife held by Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai in a video posted on his TikTok page
The Afghan national was today convicted of the murder of aspiring Royal Marine Thomas Roberts (above), 21, outside a Subway sandwich shop in Bournemouth on March 12 last year, having stabbed him twice in the chest with a ’10cm blade’
Abdulrahimzai had been handed a 20-year prison sentence in his absence after the killings in Serbia.
But he fled to the UK — where he became a street fighter who attacked his foster mother and boasted about his love of knives on TikTok.
Officials were unaware of Abdulrahimzai’s previous convictions — carried out under the alias ‘Huan Yasin’ — until police started investigating Mr Roberts’ murder.
They discovered that two people in Serbia had been shot dead by a petrol station, with Abdulrahimzai identified by witnesses as the killer.
He had also been convicted of drug dealing in Italy and was given a non-custodial sentence after pleading guilty.
But Abdulrahimzai was allowed into the UK after deceiving the Border Force, the Home Office and officials at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
He had fooled them so comprehensively that he was placed with foster mother Nicola Marchant-Jones.
Dorset Police, which investigated the murder of Thomas Roberts, said they had no idea Abdulrahimzai was a convicted double murderer.
But Abdulrahimzai – nicknamed Lo by Ms Marchant-Jones – was caught with a knife but was only given words of advice by police in Bournemouth.
When he nearly headbutted Ms Marchant-Jones during an argument, he was removed from her care.
On March 12 last year, he claimed his third murder victim, stabbing Mr Roberts twice in the chest with a ’10cm blade’ after an argument with the aspiring Royal Marine’s friend about an e-scooter outside a Subway sandwich shop.
Mr Roberts, 21, who was also a DJ, was on a night out with friend James Medway, 24, who got into an argument with Abdulrahimzai.
The murder victim intervened and sustained two stab wounds to his chest from an ‘aggressive’ Abdulrahimzai – with one slicing through his heart.
Firearms officers in balaclavas and full tactical gear swooped on the asylum seeker’s flat in Poole, Dorset, 24 hours after the incident and arrested him.
The asylum seeker, seen here on bus CCTV, broke down in tears and claimed his parents were killed by the Taliban and detailed the alleged torture he endured
Abdulrahimzai deceived the Border Force and the Home Office so comprehensively that he was placed with foster mother Nicola Marchant-Jones (pictured)
Abdulrahimzai (centre with black hood) was caught on camera headbutting a reveler on a night just minutes before he murdered an aspiring Royal Marine in a row over an e-scooter
Abdulrahimzai first headed to Serbia via Pakistan and Iran in October 2015, before arriving in Norway later that month with a friend he considered to be like an adopted brother.
He then left Norway and spent some time in Italy and Serbia before returning only to have an asylum application turned down in December 2019.
Fearing he would be deported back to Afghanistan he traveled to Britain, arriving in Poole via a ferry from Cherbourg, France.