Inside £100-a-night taxpayer-funded Bournemouth beach hotel where Iraqi Channel migrant became disillusioned with life in Britain – so stabbed a teenager in bid to be deported
- Ellis Wheeler, 18, was attacked by Rebaz Mohammed on way home from the gym
- The 28-year-old immigrant says he did it so he could be sent home to Iraq
This is the £100-a-night taxpayer-funded hotel just 500 yards from Bournemouth’s beach that an Iraqi immigrant blamed for him stabbing a student in the hope he would be deported.
Rebaz Mohammed, 28, was staying at the three-star Roundhouse Hotel, a five minute walk from the seaside town’s seafront, when he stopped stranger Ellis Wheeler, 18, to ask him a question before knifing him in the back last December.
Mohammed carried out the attack hoping it would get him deported from the UK, the court heard, where he had arrived illegally by crossing the Channel in a small boat.
The court heard he had grown disenchanted with life in the Bournemouth hotel, which boasts of its ‘individually decorated’ bedrooms situated ‘just a short walk’ away from the town’s local attractions.
Mohammed, who has a string of previous convictions including a prison term, then chased the Solent University student, who managed to run away before passing out.
Southampton Crown Court heard that Mohammed carried out the attack hoping it would get him deported from the UK, where he had arrived illegally by crossing the Channel in a small boat. He had grown disenchanted with life in a taxpayer-funded Bournemouth hotel and complained of having ‘no work or money’, the court heard.
CCTV footage released today shows the Iraqi stopping him to ask if Mr Wheeler knew anything about kickboxing. He then pulled a kitchen knife from his coat before plunging it into the teenager’s back, puncturing his lung.
Rebaz Mohammed, 28, was staying at the three-star Roundhouse Hotel on the Bournemouth seafront when he attacked Ellis Wheeler, 18, last December
The court heard he had grown disenchanted with life in the Bournemouth hotel (pictured)
Mohammed (pictured) stabbed the Solent University student as he was walking through a park in Southampton hoping it would get him deported back to Iraq
The young man was taken to hospital where he had surgery. A ‘heroic’ friend put pressure on the wound while dialling 999, and was thanked by a judge for saving his life. Mr Wheeler missed his exams and still struggles to sleep because of anxiety attacks.
It comes with the backdrop of a mooted crackdown on cross-Channel migration by Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who is due to introduce her Illegal Migration Bill to Parliament on Monday.
The new legislation would deport bar asylum seekers who arrive in the UK on unauthorised small boats to a safe third country and ban them from ever returning to the UK.
Today, MailOnline asked the Home Office whether Mohammed will be deported, and if so, when. However, officials declined to reveal the information, saying they ‘did not comment on individual cases’.
Mohammed apparently felt aggrieved that he had no money to get home, so hoped a very serious crime would mean the British government would fly him back to Iraq immediately.
Andrew Houston, prosecuting, said Mohammed had spoken to people who knew the immigration system ahead of the attack.
It has emerged that before the knife attack, he had already been cautioned for criminal damage and battery and in May last year was jailed for 12 weeks for racially aggravated harassment and stalking.
Today he is starting a six-year prison term in a UK jail after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife blade.
Sentencing Mohammed, Judge Brian Forster KC berated him for inflicting the horrific injuries to ‘achieve his own end’.
He said: ‘When anyone carries out an attack with a knife it is down to chance.
‘This was an indiscriminate attack. Any member of our community could have been the victim.
‘You were willing to inflict a serious injury with a weapon to achieve your own end. You could have killed the victim.’
This is the shocking moment an Iraqi immigrant stabbed Mr Wheeler in the back
The Iraqi can be seen approaching the student shortly before the savage attack, speaking to him briefly and asking if he knew kickboxing before swinging at him with the large blade
The hotel boasts of its ‘individually decorated’ bedrooms situated ‘just a short walk’ away from the town’s local attractions
Mr Wheeler was walking through Hoglands Park, Southampton, as he made his way back from the gym in December last year Mohammed is pictured)
Mr Wheeler managed to run away but passed out before being rushed to hospital where he had surgery
Mohammed, who came to the UK illegally on a small boat, was arrested at the scene and told police he had attacked his victim so he could be sent home to Iraq
The 28-year-old, who has previously served a prison term, appeared at Southampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife blade
Six months before the attack in Southampton, 30 miles away in Bournemouth, Afghan double killer Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, murdered Thomas Roberts during an argument over an e-scooter in March 2022.
His trial heard how he crossed the Channel to claim asylum but British police databases failed to realise that he was a ‘knife-obsessed’ criminal who had fled Serbia after shooting dead two men and being sentenced to 20 years in jail.
In January Afghan killer Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, was convicted of murder in Bournemouth. The ‘knife-obsessed’ criminal had fled Serbia after shooting dead two men – his previous convictions were not marked on any police databases or intelligence systems when he arrived in the UK
Mohammed was arrested at the scene and told police he had attacked his victim so he could be sent home to Iraq.
He was sentenced to six years imprisonment with a four year extended licence following the ‘indiscriminate’ attack in Hoglands Park.
The student ran away after the attack but lost consciousness – with a ‘heroic’ friend calling 999 and putting pressure on his horrific wound until police arrived, the court heard.
Richard Tutt, defending, said that Mohammed had been ‘making what efforts he could to be deported’ but had no work and no money.
Mr Tutt said: ‘He believed, from what he had been told, that he needed to commit an offence that was serious enough.
‘He presents as a very naïve person. He has experienced remorse, or at least sorrow.’
Commending the victim’s friend, the judge said he ‘may have saved [his] life’ and awarded him £250.
The number of asylum applications spiked last year to 74,751, relating to 89,398 individuals – the highest since 2002
The number of arrivals in small boats peaked at nearly 9,000 a month in the summer
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