An Afghan migrant attacked two British police officers with a claw hammer. According to his lawyer the “offence was committed at a time of stress” for the migrant, as he “was in a foreign country” and was “very confused by the vehicles driving on a different side of the road.”
Jamshid Piruz, a 34-year-old Afghan migrant, who was convicted of beheading a woman in the Netherlands, moved unchecked to the UK, where he attacked two police officers, using a claw hammer. According to a lawyer of the attacker, the “offence was committed at a time of stress” for Piruz, as he “was in a foreign country” and was “very confused by the vehicles driving on a different side of the road.”
Earlier, Piruz was sentenced to 12 years in jail for the killing a female tenant in the Netherlands, committed by him in 2006. His insanity plea was rejected by the judge, who said that Piruz was “inspired by Taliban movies” and acted “intentionally and with premeditation”.
When the unemployed migrant entered the UK, no alarm was raised, as he was a permanent resident of the Netherlands and could move freely within the territory of the EU, using its open borders. In addition, according to the EU rules, other member states have no compulsion to inform the UK about dangerous and convicts persons, who could enter the state, and some countries do not even keep such records.
Upon arrival in the UK, Piruz assaulted a member of staff at Gatwick Airport. A few days later, he returned on the streets, as was freed by local magistrates. Then, on January 7, 2016, two police officers were attacked by the migrant, who used a claw hammer. As a result, one of them was hospitalized with head injuries.
As Tory MP Henry Smith, who represents Crawley, told the Daily Mail newspaper, “the country has got to have tougher border controls. Clearly, being a member of the EU did not protect us on this occasion.”
“A very dangerous individual was allowed to travel here without us having prior knowledge that he’d committed murder in the Netherlands.
It is staggering that someone could assault staff at Gatwick and then a couple of days later attack two police officers. Why was the information that he was a violent offender not available to us from our EU partners?
This is an appalling example of the kind of people who are getting into the country undetected,” Smith concluded.
The migrant criminal will be sentenced on Friday.