Darren Osborne drove a rental van into a crowd of Muslims near a London mosque in Finsbury Park, London on 19th June last year killing 51 year old Makram Ali and injuring nine others. He was today sentenced to life in prison for murder and attempted murder.
Osborne, from Cardiff, was found guilty yesterday of murder and attempted murder after the racially motivated attack. He was said to have shouted "Kill all Muslims" as he launched the attack after apparently being radicalised by Far Right material online from groups like Britain First and the English Defence League (EDL). The trial heard Osborne became "obsessed" with Muslims in the weeks leading up to the attack, having watched the BBC drama Three Girls, about the Rochdale grooming scandal and paying close attention to other terror attacks like the Manchester Arena bombing in May and the London Bridge attack just days earlier in June.
Osborne drove the van into the crowd at midnight and jurors were told the rampage only came to an end when he accidentally drove into some bollards. He then got out of the van and ran towards the crowd. Police found a letter in the van written by Osborne, referring to Muslim people as "rapists" and "feral" alleging that Muslim men were "preying on our children". Prosecutors said they were "clear throughout that this was a terrorist attack" and the jury took just an hour to return the verdict at Woolwich Crown Court after a nine day trial. During the trial jurors heard that Osborne had previous convictions spanning a 30 year period and had appeared in courts for 102 offences like theft, burglary and "kindred offences" of assault and public disorder.
Sue Hemming, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Darren Osborne planned and carried out this attack because of his hatred of Muslims. He must now face the consequences of his actions."