Ukrainian Extremist Sentenced To 40 Years For Muslim Murder And Bombing
A 25-year-old Ukranian was sentenced in a British court to a minimum of 40 years in prison for the murder of an elderly Muslim man because he was “not white,” as well as a mosque bombing. Pavlo Lapshyn managed to avoid a life sentence as prosecutors had requested, but it’s possible he could spend more than 40 years in jail.
Lapshyn managed to avoid a life sentence because the judge in the case believed he was self-radicalized and did not commit his hate-filled actions for a cause. “[You were] acting alone, being motivated by your own extreme and appalling prejudices,” said the judge.
Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards of West Midlands police said that Lapshyn “wanted to stir up racial tension, racial hatred.” Police also found evidence on Lapshyn’s personal computer that he had searched online for chemical suppliers in the city of Birmingham, and was in possession of extremist material such as a video game called “Ethnic Cleansing.” The reclusive Lapshyn was tracked down by police using closed circuit television footage, telecoms and forensic evidence.
In what police described as an “opportunistic” attack, Lasphyn stabbed Saleem in the back three times as he was walking home from a mosque. A nail bomb attack at a mosque in the town of Walsall sent debris flying across a car park a few weeks later, but nobody was injured. Police found mobile phones adapted for use as triggers, a coffee grinder used as part of the bomb device and chemicals during their searches.
Lapshyn was in Britain on a one-year visa after winning a work placement competition with a manufacturing company.
(Photo: Central News)