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Triple killer sentenced to 29 years for murdering aspiring marine outside Subway


Screenshot taken with permission from a Dorset Police video that was shown to the jury, showing Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, on a bus in Bournemouth. Mr Abdulrahimzai, is on trial at Salisbury Crown Court, charged with the murder of 21-year-old Thomas Roberts outside a Subway sandwich shop in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, in the early hours of March 12 2022. Issue date: Thursday January 12, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Subway. Photo credit should read: Dorset Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai captured on CCTV on a bus in Bournemouth (Picture: PA)

An asylum seeker who stabbed a man to death following an argument over an e-scooter has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years.

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai killed Thomas Roberts, 21, outside a Bournemouth Subway sandwich shop in the early hours of March 12 last year.

A court heard the aspiring marine was acting as ‘peacemaker’ after his friend James Medway got into an argument with the Afghan national.

Mr Medway wanted to take an e-scooter Abdulrahimzai, 21, had claimed for himself and left propped against the shop on Old Christchurch Road.

The confrontation, which lasted only 24 seconds, saw Mr Roberts slap Abdulrahimzai in the face.

He responded by revealing a knife he had hidden between two pairs of trousers and stabbed Mr Roberts twice before running away into nearby woodland.

Abdulrahimzai buried the knife in the woods before burning his trousers, jacket, and an Afghan flag he was wearing as a scarf.

But he was arrested after police traced his mobile phone that he dropped as he fled.

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