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Man jailed for mosque explosions and murder of elderly Muslim man

25/10/2013

Pavlo Lapshyn was today jailed with a minimum sentence of 40 years at the Old Bailey. He pleaded guilty on 21 October 2013 to one count of murder, one count of causing an explosion contrary to section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 and one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Louise Gray, a lawyer for the CPS' Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Pavlo Lapshyn is a dangerous man with a dangerous agenda. Just a day after his arrival in Britain from the Ukraine, he was researching right wing supremacist websites, including those linked to convicted racist murderers in Russia.

"His self-confessed racist views led to a campaign of terror, which started with the brutal murder of 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry as he was walking home from Mosque after evening prayers. In the days that followed, he went on to detonate three explosive devices near mosques around the region, with the bomb at Tipton deliberately timed to coincide with the start of prayers.

"This case is a clear reminder of the link between extremist material and the very real threat to life posed by those who access it. It is also a reminder that the threat of terrorism comes from a very wide spectrum of hateful views.

"I am pleased that, because of the strength of our case, Pavlo Lapshyn pleaded guilty, sparing Mr Chaudhry's family from having to sit through a trial. I extend my sincere condolences to them and hope that today's sentencing will provide some small comfort."

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