Racist student admits murder

Ukrainian postgraduate student Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of 82-year-old grandfather Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in April and plotting to cause explosions near mosques in the West Midlands.

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Ukrainian student admits causing mosque explosion

Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn has today pleaded guilty to the following crimes:

  • He pleaded guilty to the murder of Mohammed Saleem as he walked home from a mosque in Birmingham.
  • He admitted to causing an explosion on July 12 near the Kanzal Iman mosque in Tipton.
  • He also admitted to planting bombs near mosques in Walsall and Wolverhampton, researching locations to plant bombs and buying chemicals on the internet to make explosives.

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Police: Lapshyn believed he was superior to black and Asian people

While being interviewed by police, Lapshyn openly demonstrated white supremacist views, telling detectives he believed himself, as a white man, to be superior to black and Asian people.

West Midlands' Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale has praised the region's "strong, resilient communities" in their reaction and response to Lapshyn's actions.

Student killed pensioner only five days after UK arrival

A Ukrainian student who moved to Birmingham after winning a work placement contest stabbed an 82-year-old Muslim pensioner within five days of arriving in the UK.

Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn. Credit: West Midlands Police

Pavlo Lapshyn landed in Britain on April 24 and killed Mohammed Saleem on April 29.

He wanted to "increase racial conflict" with a series of attacks on mosques as well as the murder of Mr Saleem, according to West Midlands Police.

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