Hani Khalaf, 22, was sentenced at The Old Bailey to at least 26 years’ imprisonment for kicking, punching, and stamping to death 62-year-old Jairo Medina before stealing the dead man’s wallet and mobile phone.
The court heard that Khalaf lived on the streets and had been bailed for shoplifting hours before the fatal attack on the carer at London’s Hyde Park.
The Egyptian national had arrived in Kent in the back of a lorry in August 2014 and was found to have avoided deportation six times before murdering a “kind and peace-loving” care worker.
Judge Wendy Joseph, QC, said: “It is clear that Hani Khalaf, having absconded, came to the attention of authorities on at least six occasions.
“On each, he was re-bailed because they could not make arrangements for securing his deportation in a reasonable amount of time.”