Finsbury Park attacker to be sentenced

Laura Christensen
February 3, 2018

A "Muslim obsessed" British man who drove a van into a crowd outside a London mosque has been jailed for at least 43 years.

Darren Osborne, 48, was found guilty on 1 February at Woolwich Crown Court and sentenced to a minimum of 43 years in prison on Friday 2 February.

Osborne then drove around London looking for a target before heading to Finsbury Park, where worshippers were leaving a mosque and an Islamic centre after Ramadan evening prayers.

The Crown Prosecution Service said on Thursday Osborne "planned and carried out this attack because of his hatred of Muslims".

She added: "You hired a big van and the next day you took it from Cardiff to London, intending to deploy it as a lethal weapon to drive into and murder innocent people, lawfully assembled and protesting in London".

HERO imam Mohammed Mahmoud stopped the furious crowd from tearing killer Osborne apart after the horrifying van attack.

Notes to editors1. Darren Osborne (dob 30/11/1969) was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

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"In short you allowed your mind to be poisoned by those who claimed to be leaders".

His estranged girlfriend, Sarah Andrews, said the "total loner" had become "brainwashed" and "obsessed" with Muslims since watching a TV drama about the Rochdale grooming scandal in May a year ago, along with two subsequent terror attacks in the UK.

The attacker said he had no idea Dave - one of his two made-up accomplices - meant to smash into a group of pedestrians, and believed they were on their way to a pub to meet a third co-conspirator, Terry.

The family of Makram Ali, the man whom Osborne killed, said that they were "pleased" with the verdict after the trauma of the attack and seeing him in court for weeks on end.

Ali's daughter, spoke on behalf of his family after the sentencing.

"This trial has been a horrendous ordeal for all those affected by the attack last June, particularly those called to give evidence in court, who had to come face to face with Osborne", said Dushal Mehta, a lawyer at Fieldfisher. "He said, "I have done what I am supposed to do".

Following the incident, a number of men tried to prevent the driver's escape and keep him pinned to the ground as he was heard to say "I want to kill more Muslims", Mr Rees continued.

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