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Home Secretary reacts to Pavlo Lapshyn guilty pleas

Theresa May praises resilience of West Midlands communities after man pleads guilty to murder and causing an explosion.

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The Home Secretary today (21 October) responded to Pavlo Lapshyn’s guilty pleas to charges of murder, causing explosions and preparing for acts of terrorism.

At the Old Bailey, the Ukrainian student admitted murdering Mohammed Saleem, 82, in Small Heath and planting improvised explosive devices near mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton. He will be sentenced on Friday 25 October.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

This is a satisfying outcome to a highly distressing case where Pavlo Lapshyn’s hatred has robbed a family of a loved one and attempted to cause fear and division within our communities.

I pay tribute to the work of West Midlands Police in bringing the perpetrator to justice and commend the resilience of communities across the West Midlands who showed such courage in the face of these cowardly attacks.

Published 21 October 2013