A convicted Muslim murderer from Holland was able to waltz right through Britain’s porous borders without any screening or background checks and quickly went on to attack two police officers with a claw-hammer. Afghan-born Jamshid Piruz was allowed to enter the UK unchallenged despite having been sentenced to 12 years in jail in Holland, but released after seven, for cutting off the head of his female tenant in cold-blood after watching a Taliban beheading video.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Brenda K) Fury erupted after it emerged that the jobless 34-year-old was the latest in a string of foreign criminals to commit horrific offences in Britain after exploiting EU free movement rules. MPs condemned the shocking lack of checks on offenders from the EU which left gaping holes in UK border controls.
Piruz had been in the UK a matter of days when he launched the frenzied assault on the officers as they investigated a burglary in Crawley, West Sussex. Days earlier he had assaulted a member of staff at Gatwick Airport – but was released onto the streets by local magistrates.
Piruz was convicted of murder in August 2007 and sentenced to 12 years’ behind bars. He was released in 2014, after serving seven years. As a permanent Dutch resident, the killer was allowed to travel freely across the EU.
European countries have no obligation to alert the UK about convictions of murderers or sex offenders, meaning many are able to travel to the UK unhindered. Outraged critics blasted the embattled Home Office for allowing the scandal, by failing to ensure the authorities were notified about EU convicts before they set foot on our shores.
Politicians have called for Home Secretary Amber Rudd to introduce a tougher US-style warning system to flag up whether any traveller has a conviction as they attempt to enter Britain.
Failure to control the country’s borders – and the number of serious criminals arriving here – was a major reason why millions of people voted for Britain to leave the Brussels bloc last June.
Piruz, who was a permanent Dutch resident, will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to an appalling hammer attack on PC Jessica Chick and PC Stewart Young, of Sussex Police, on January 7 last year.