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.


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.