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Life sentence for racist murder

Racist Pavlo Lapshyn who admitted murdering a grandfather from Birmingham and planting bombs near mosques in the West Midlands has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 40 years.

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Sentencing of murderer who plotted to bomb mosques

A man is due to be sentenced today after admitting murdering a grandfather from Birmingham and planting bombs near mosques in the West Midlands to increase racial conflict.

Pavlo Lapshyn, aged 25, killed Mohammed Saleem, 82, just five days after he arrived to work in the country.

Pavlo Lapshyn admitted to killing Mohammed Saleem and carrying out attacks on mosques Credit: West Midlands Police

He also planted bombs near mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.

The Tipton device contained hundreds of nails and exploded just an hour before Ramadan prayers.

Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry, aged 75, who was murdered in April Credit: PA

He stabbed Mr Saleem in the back just yards from his home on April 29.

He had been making his way home from prayers at his local mosque.

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