Pavlo Lapshyn: life in jail for murder and terror offences
Ukrainian white supremacist will serve at least 40 years for killing Muslim pensioner
PAVLO LAPSHYN, the Ukrainian white supremacist who confessed to killing a Muslim pensioner and planting bombs outside several mosques in the Midlands, has been sentenced to life in jail.
The 25-year-old, who killed 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem just five days after arriving in the UK to begin post graduate studies, will serve a minimum of 40 years.
An Old Bailey judge told him: "You clearly hold extreme white supremacy views that are abhorrent to all right thinking people and have no place whatsoever in our multi-faith and multi-cultural society.
"You were intent on finding a Muslim to murder."
Lapshyn's sentencing was delayed when a suspicious package was discovered in the Old Bailey court where his sentencing hearing was taking place. The Express & Star says "all staff and members of the public" were told to leave the building at 1pm as the hearing was taking a lunch break.
Police re-opened the building after it was checked by the bomb squad. A man was detained while further checks were carried out.
Lapshyn admitted causing an explosion in July near the Kanzal Iman mosque in Tipton, and engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between April and July.
The Daily Mail says Lapshyn began his "one-man race war" just five days after arriving in the UK. He killed Saleem by stabbing him three times from behind as the pensioner made his way home from evening prayers.
The student also ordered bomb-making materials online as he prepared for his attacks on the mosques. ·