Man in court over pensioner's death

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A man is due in court over the murder of Mohammed Saleem

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A man accused of murdering an 82-year-old grandfather and carrying out a series of explosions outside mosques is due to appear in court.

Pavlo Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from Dnipropetrovsk, in Ukraine, is charged with the murder of Mohammed Saleem as he walked home from a mosque in April.

Lapshyn is also charged with three further offences related to separate explosions in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton in the West Midlands between June and July.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey later for a plea and case management hearing.

The Ukrainian had been in the UK on a sponsored work placement at a software firm in the Small Heath area of Birmingham when he was arrested on suspicion of Mr Saleem's murder nearby on July 20.

The pensioner and father-of-seven was stabbed three times just yards from his house as he walked home alone after worship, on April 29, prompting an outpouring of grief from the community where he lived.

Lapshyn is also alleged to have carried out a series of acts with the intention to commit acts of terrorism between April 24 and July 18, related to the explosions in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.

They include purchasing batteries, a lunch bag, clock and container as part of the construction of an explosive device, carrying out internet research and visiting intended locations to plant explosive devices, purchasing chemicals to make explosive devices and modifying mobile phones to act as detonators, it is alleged.

Lapshyn is also charged with two separate offences of unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion with the intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to a person or property on June 21 and July 12, following the explosions in Walsall and Tipton respectively.

No one was injured by any of the explosions.

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