LONDON – A white supremacist Ukrainian student who murdered an elderly Muslim man and plotted a terrorist bombing campaign against mosques in central England has been sentenced to at least 40 years in jail.
Pavlo Lapshyn pleaded guilty earlier this week to stabbing Mohammed Saleem to death as the 82-year-old walked home from a mosque in the city of Birmingham in April.
Lapshyn also admitted leaving home-made bombs outside three mosques near Birmingham in June and July. They exploded, but no one was injured.
Police said 25-year-old Lapshyn, who was in Britain on a work placement, was motivated by racism and a desire to stir up racial tension.
In sentencing Friday, Judge Nigel Sweeney told Lapshyn his "views, hatred and motivations have no place whatsoever in our multifaith and multicultural society."