Life sentence for racist murder

Ukrainian Pavlo Lapshyn, who admitted murdering a grandfather from Birmingham and planting bombs near mosques in the West Midlands, has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to life in jail.

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Lapshyn 'was planning further attacks on Muslims'

Prosecutors have begun outlining the case against racist murderer Pavlo Lapshyn as the court prepares to sentence him for killing pensioner Mohammed Saleem and setting off bombs near mosques in the Midlands.

Peter Wright QC told the Old Bailey that dozens of video files and pictures containing neo-Nazi material were found on Lapshyn's work computer.

Police also found evidence he was planning further explosions aimed at Muslims, he said.

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PW: Officers examined personal possessions they discovered he was engaged in prep for detonation of further IEDs directed @ Muslim targets.

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PW: Colleagues and fellow students tried to socialise with him (Lapshyn). They described him as “insular, quiet and withdrawn".

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Mosque bomber and murderer arrives at Old Bailey

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Pavlo Lapshyn has just been brought into Court 11 at the Old Bailey to be sentenced for the murder of Mohammed Saleem and terror offences.

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The sentencing hearing is expected to last for a couple of hours. A Russian interpreter is being sworn in to translate proceedings.

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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
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
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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