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Failed asylum seeker who should have been removed YEARS AGO brutally killed grandmother


A failed Iranian asylum seeker, who should have been removed from UK years ago, has been sent to a mental health hospital indefinitely, after killing elderly grandmother who had given him a home.

Shahin Darvish-Narenjbon, 34, admitted killing Brenda Blainey at her home in the North Yorkshire village of Thornton-le-Dale in January last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard how the paranoid schizophrenic strangled the frail pensioner, before smashing her head on the kitchen floor, stabbing her repeatedly in the chest, and then cutting her throat.

Darvish-Narenjbon was born in Tehran but had travelled to the UK to study in 2015.

His permission to remain in the country lapsed in 2015 and an application for asylum had also been refused.

He met Mrs Blainey while working at a restaurant in Leeds city centre.

The court was told the pair formed a “grandmother and grandson” type relationship before the pensioner eventually offered him a bedroom in her cottage.

Prosecutors said the defendant had a long history of mental illness and was "acutely psychotic" when he attacked his elderly victim.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley KC described how Mrs Blainey was placing a telephone order with the village shop on 5 January last year, when the phone call went dead.

The worried shopkeeper tried to call back 12 times but got no reply.

The defendant told police he had been asleep upstairs in the cottage and came downstairs to find Mrs Blainey lying in a pool of blood.

However forensic evidence showed he had thoroughly cleaned the 20cm kitchen knife he had used to stab his victim with.

He was originally charged with murder, but prosecutors accepted a guilty plea to manslaughter, on Eve grounds of diminished responsibility.

Psychiatrist Dr James Stoddart told the court that Darvish-Narenjbon likely felt there was a conspiracy against him when he killed the pensioner.

He said that the defendant remained “high risk” despite responding to treatment.

The court heard that under current rules, the Iranian national would be deported if he was ever released from custody.

A Home Office spokesperson said they did not comment on specific individuals.

But in a more general statement the spokesperson said: "Foreign National Offenders who exploit our system and commit crimes here in the UK will face the full force of the law, including deportation at the earliest opportunity for those eligible.

“The government is committed to stopping abuse of the immigration system, taking decisive action against those who try to play the system.”