Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, 35, who is wanted over the incident which injured a mother and her two daughters, was granted asylum after two failed applications.
He was convicted of ‘sexual assault/exposure’ at Newcastle Crown Court in 2018 and was given a suspended sentence with an unpaid work order. Ezedi was discharged from probation supervision once the order was completed in 2020.
He made two failed applications for asylum before a third was granted, in either 2021 2022, when he said he had converted to Christianity, putting him at risk if he returned to Afghanistan.
The claim was backed up by a priest who wrote a letter supporting his claim.
Ezedi had previously left his homeland in 2016 before arriving in the UK by lorry, according to the BBC.
Detectives believe he is from the Newcastle area and is known to the family who were injured, but they are not clear on the exact relationship.
He is described as mild-mannered and to ‘keep himself to himself’, according to residents in the Byker area who spoke to the Telegraph.
Ezedi’s last known address was a hostel in the city which provides accommodation for people deemed to be homeless or vulnerable.
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He allegedly drove to London in his white Hyundai on Wednesday.
Ezedi is then believed to have been behind the alkaline attack in Clapham Common shortly before 7.30pm that left 12 injured, including the 31-year-old mother and her two young daughters, aged three and eight.
One of the children injured was seen being dragged out of their car and thrown repeatedly to the ground.
Four witnesses who ran to help and five police officers also suffered injuries.
Ezedi was pictured in a Tesco store in Islington, around seven miles from the scene, just over an hour after the attack.
Images released by the police show him with significant facial injuries.
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