Source : Presstv / 22 Oct 2013
A racist Ukrainian postgraduate student has pleaded guilty to stabbing a Muslim man to death and plotting to explode bombs near mosques.
Appearing before Westminster magistrates’ court on Monday, Pavlo Lapshyn was charged with the murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in April.
The 82-year-old pensioner was stabbed three times in the back yards from his house as he walked home from prayers on April 29.
Lapshyn was also charged with three further offences related to separate explosions outside mosques in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Tipton in the West Midlands.
"We found part-made devices in Lapshyn's room plus chemicals and bomb-making equipment, so it is clear he planned to place further devices with the intention of killing or maiming innocent members of the public,” said detective superintendent Shaun Edwards, from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.
According to reports, the 25-year-old Ukrainian said during a police interview he wanted to “increase racial conflict”.
Lapshyn was remanded in custody and is expected to reappear at the Old Bailey for sentencing on Friday, October 25.
Attacks against Muslims have steadily risen in the UK following the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in the Woolwich area of southeast London in May.
The latest in a series of incidents took place with a bomb threat against the prominent East London mosque in Whitechapel in September.