Asylum seeker on trial for murdering aspiring Royal Marine is filmed punching man nine times in head

Asylum seeker punches man nine times in the head in streetfight video shown to murder trial jury – with his caption: ‘We are Afghan we keep it real’

  • Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, is accused of fatally stabbing Thomas Roberts 
  • The violence erupted outside Subway in Bournemouth on March 12, 2021
  • The Afghan asylum seeker was arrested hours later by a team of armed police  
  • A jury was shown footage of Abdulrahimzai ‘street fighting’ with another man

A violent Snapchat video released today shows an asylum seeker accused of murder viciously pummeling another man in a ‘street fight’ before boasting: ‘We are Afghan, we keep it real.’

In the footage shown to jurors, Afghan Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai can be seen pinning his helpless opponent to the floor as he rains down blows, punching the cowering male in the head nine times.

At the end of the video, Abdulrahimzai films himself with the caption ‘we are Afghan we keep it real… I’m 100% sure you wouldn’t forget your lessons for the rest of your life.’

The 21-year-old is accused of murdering aspiring Royal Marine Thomas Roberts, 21, outside a Subway sandwich shop in Bournemouth, Dorset, around 4.30am on March 12 last year, having allegedly stabbed him twice in the chest with a ’10cm blade’.

The footage, showed in court, allegedly shows Afghan Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai in a street fight with another man, raining down blows on the male as he cowers on the floor

Later, a Snapchat message reportedly showed Abdulrahimzai boasting after his fight as he says: 'we are Afghan we keep it real'

The footage, showed in court, allegedly shows murder accused Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai in a street fight with another man, raining down blows on the male as he cowers on the floor (left) before later posting a Snapchat message boasting: ‘we are Afghan we keep it real’ (right)

A hearing at Salisbury Crown Court today heard how Abdulrahimzai was involved in street fighting for money while living in the UK.

Nicola Marchant-Jones, who fostered Abdulrahimzai from early 2020 to mid-2021, said: ‘At one point he said he was doing street fighting… he appeared to have lots of money, I didn’t see any money but he was buying nice things.

‘He said he got £100 for 10 minutes fighting.

‘He posted a video of himself on Snapchat beating up another man who was much older.’

Abdulrahimzai had got into an argument with Mr Roberts’ friend James Medway, 24, over an e-scooter the pair of friends had been using as they made their way home from a ‘very chilled’ night out, Salisbury Crown Court heard.

Jurors were told that, moments after intervening in the disagreement, Mr Roberts, 21, sustained two stab wounds to his chest from an ‘aggressive’ Abdulrahimzai – with one slicing through his heart.

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai twice plunged a knife into Thomas Roberts (pictured) when the 21-year-old tried to stop the altercation between him and his friend outside a Subway sandwich shop

Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai twice plunged a knife into Thomas Roberts (pictured) when the 21-year-old tried to stop the altercation between him and his friend outside a Subway sandwich shop in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, in the early hours of March 12 last year

New footage released today showed Abdulrahimzai being arrested within hours of fatally stabbed Mr Roberts. 

Firearms officers wearing balaclavas and full tactical gear swooped in on the asylum seeker’s flat 24 hours after the incident and arrested him.

In the video a police officer can be heard reading him his legal rights as Abdulrahimzai is detained in the hallway of his block of flats in Poole, Dorset, following the raid which took place just after midnight on March 13, nearly 24 hours after the incident.

New images released for the first time today also show Abdulrahimzai roaming around the streets of Bournemouth, Dorset, in the early hours of March 12 last year before he allegedly murdered Mr Roberts.

Armed police are pictured arresting the Afghan national, who is accused of murder

Armed police are pictured arresting the Afghan national, who is accused of murder 

The arrest, captured on police bodycam, took place just hours after the killing

The arrest, captured on police bodycam, took place just hours after the killing

A court has heard Mr Roberts, a DJ, was enjoying a night out with his friend James Medway, 24, when Mr Medway got into an argument with Abdulrahimzai over an E-scooter outside a Subway sandwich store.

Mr Roberts acted as ‘peacemaker’ and tried to break up the argument at around 4.40am on March 12 when Abdulrahimzai pulled a 10cm blade and stabbed him twice in the chest, it was heard.

Mr Roberts managed to stay on his feet for a few seconds as Mr Medway chased after Abdulrahimzai, but collapsed to the ground seconds later as he ‘bled profusely’ and then died in hospital.

Abdulrahimzai denies murder, but admits manslaughter.

Salisbury Crown Court, Wilts, heard on the night of the stabbing, Abdulrahimzai wore a hooded coat, a balaclava partially covering his face, and an Afghan flag around his neck.

Giving evidence, Mr Medway said he saw an E-scooter not in use outside Subway and went to take it so he and Mr Roberts could use it to get home, however they were challenged by Abdulrahimzai.

He said: ‘I held the grips and stood either side of the scooter and that’s when he [Abdulrahimzai] approached. I had never seen him before.

‘He was speaking broken English and was not easy to understand.

Abdulrahimzai (centre with black hood - facing away from camera) seen headbutting a reveller on a night just minutes before he allegedly murders an aspiring Royal Marine

Abdulrahimzai (centre with black hood – facing away from camera) seen headbutting a reveller on a night just minutes before he allegedly murders an aspiring Royal Marine

Abdulrahimzai can be seen for the first time in footage taken from his arrest hours after he fatally stabbed 21 year old Thomas Roberts in a row over an E-scooter

Abdulrahimzai can be seen for the first time in footage taken from his arrest hours after he fatally stabbed 21 year old Thomas Roberts in a row over an E-scooter

‘He came from in front of me and said ‘get off this scooter, this is my scooter’ and he was acting aggressively. He was threatening.

‘Tom reached across his chest and said ‘there’s not a problem here’. He was soothing, trying to calm the situation, he was trying to diffuse the situation.

‘The man switched his focus to Tom and got in his face. He squared up to Tom. I don’t know what was said as it was broken English.

‘Tom felt threatened. He was on the back foot. He [Mr Roberts] open palm slapped him [Abdulrahimzai] on his face which I felt was a warning, it was a ‘stay away’ warning.

‘The man reached for the knife and just lunged for Tom.

‘It was big and I’m pretty sure it was gold and black. He made like a long hook motion.

‘I s**t myself to start with, I was scared I’m not sure if I had gone to punch him with my left hand.

‘The man then ran.’

CCTV footage released yesterday showed the moment Abdulrahimzai (circled in white) flees on foot while being chased by Mr Medway (circled in yellow)

CCTV footage released today shows the moment Abdulrahimzai (circled in white) flees on foot while being chased by Mr Medway (circled in yellow)

Mr Roberts suffered damage to his left kidney, bowel and heart, the court heard.

Prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg KC told jurors it was ‘a fatal encounter all about a scooter which has cost this boy his life’.  

Abdulrahimzai, who was born in Afghanistan, arrived in the UK in December 2019 and initially told the authorities he was 16 when he was arrested, but the court has since determined that he is now 21. 

CCTV footage released to the jury earlier in the trial shows the moment Abdulrahimzai flees on foot immediately after the stabbing while being chased by Mr Medway. 

Abdulrahimzai can be seen running ‘very fast’ with his hood up as he sprints to a nearby park. 

But Mr Medway, 24, who had to run barefoot after his trainers came off, lost sight of Abdulrahimzai.

Jurors today also heard 999 calls made moments after the alleged murder around 4.40am on March 12.

A police cordon outside Subway on Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth

A police cordon outside Subway on Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth

One woman, who was taking cash out of an ATM when she saw Abdulrahimzai, told 999 operators ‘he was running very fast’. 

Others urged emergency call handlers to send an ambulance immediately as Mr Roberts was losing a lot of blood and ‘is going to die’.

The court also heard that before the stabbing, Abdulrahimzai – wearing a balaclava – headbutted another man.

Reveller Alfie Goulty told Salisbury Crown Court he had been denied entry from a club in Bournemouth and got chatting to Abdulrahimzai, who he did not know.

Mr Goulty, 18, was having a verbal disagreement with another reveller when Abdulrahimzai joined in on the conversation and became ‘aggressive’ towards the other male.

He said: ‘The person that joined was wearing a coat and balaclava, which was not fully on.

‘He was just repeating my words, he was telling him to go away… He used his head on him, he used it to nudge him away, it was like a headbutt. 

‘It was fairly aggressive.’

A police cordon around Horseshoe Common in Bournemouth following the fatal stabbing

A police cordon around Horseshoe Common in Bournemouth

Mr Goulty said he carried on speaking to Abdulrahimzai after the verbal disagreement with the other man ended, and that Abdulrahimzai told him he was 16.

Later, he came out of Subway and saw Mr Roberts ‘bleeding a lot’ and people shouting for an ambulance. 

Dorset Police officer Steve Bowes, one of the first on the scene, said he performed CPR on Mr Roberts, adding: ‘His condition was deteriorating, it was clear that he was not breathing.’

A court has heard Mr Roberts, a nightclub DJ who hoped to become a Marine, sustained serious internal injuries including a wound to his heart from the stabbing.  

Opening the case, prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg KC told jurors it was a ‘fatal encounter all about a scooter which has cost this boy his life’.

He added: ‘Thomas was the peacemaker, he came between the two men. For his troubles, he received two stab wounds.’

Abdulrahimzai, from Poole, Dorset, denies murder. The two-week trial continues

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