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British Court Sentences Ukrainian To 40 Years For Murder, Bombs


A custody photograph of Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn (undated)

A custody photograph of Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn (undated)

A British court has sentenced a Ukrainian man to a minimum of 40 years in prison for murdering an elderly Muslim and planting bombs near three mosques in England.

Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, pleaded guilty to stabbing 82-year-old Muhammad Saleem to death as he walked home in the central English city of Birmingham in April.

Lapshyn told investigators he killed Saleem because he hated "non-whites." Lapshyn murdered Saleem five days after he arrived in Britain as a postgraduate student.

He also admitted planting bombs at mosques in three towns in central England. No one was injured in the explosions in June and July.

The judge delivering the sentence said it was clear Lapshyn was motivated by religious and racial hatred and sought to incite racial conflict.

Based on reporting by AFP and Skynews
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