October 25, 2013
A white supremacist terrorist who stabbed a grandfather to death and bombed mosques in an effort to trigger a racial war on Britain’s streets has been jailed for life. Ukrainian student Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, was told he would not even be considered for release until his minimum tariff of 40 years was served. The judge did not impose a whole-life sentence, which the prosecution had requested.
Lapshyn’s campaign began in April 2013, just five days after his arrival from Ukraine, where he had won a prize to gain work experience in Britain. Lapshyn found Mohammed Saleem, 82, going home after praying at his local mosque. The student approached him from behind and plunged a hunting knife into him three times with such force that one wound went through to his front. After Saleem’s murder, Lapshyn started placing homemade explosives outside mosques on Fridays, the main day of Muslim prayer.
The device he planted in July, which had 100 nails wrapped around it to maximise the carnage, was aimed at worshippers at the Tipton mosque, where 300 were people were expected to attend prayers. Prayers that particular Friday were held an hour later, thus avoiding mass casualties. The device was so powerful it left nails embedded in tree trunks, police said.
Devices had also been placed outside mosques in Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, the head of the West Midlands police counter-terrorism unit, said Lapshyn had shown no remorse or regret and describing the 40-year term as extremely lengthy.