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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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.