Search

Finsbury Park terror attack: Darren Osborne guilty of murder

PUBLISHED: 16:46 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 February 2018

Darren Osborne. Picture: Met Police

Darren Osborne. Picture: Met Police

Archant

Terrorist Darren Osborne has been found guilty of murder after carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack.

Darren Osborne at the bar of the Hollybush in Cardiff, 28 hours before the attack and where he was said to be sharing 'anti-Muslim' views. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire Darren Osborne at the bar of the Hollybush in Cardiff, 28 hours before the attack and where he was said to be sharing 'anti-Muslim' views. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

The 48-year-old loner was intent on spilling as much blood as possible when he ploughed a hire van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road just after midnight on June 19. He killed 51-year-old Makram Ali and injured 12 others, some of whom suffered life-changing injuries.

A jury at Woolwich Crown Court took just an hour to convict the father-of-four of murder and attempted murder.

Osborne, who was seen blowing a kiss to angry bystanders after the attack, nodded and looked around the courtroom as the verdicts were read out today.

Part way through his trial, Osborne suddenly denied he had been driving the van at the moment of impact– saying it was a man called Dave.

A still from a police officer's body worn video camera, which recorded Darren Osborne's initial detention in a police van on June 19 last year. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire A still from a police officer's body worn video camera, which recorded Darren Osborne's initial detention in a police van on June 19 last year. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

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

But jurors agreed with prosecutors who dubbed his increasingly improbable version of events a “total fabrication” and “frankly absurd”.

During the nine-day trial Osborne told the court he had wanted to kill senior Labour figures including leader Jeremy Corbyn and London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He also admitted he had initially hoped to “plough through” as many people as possible at the pro-Palestinian Al Quds march in central London, previously attended by the Labour leader and Islington North MP.

Makram Ali, 51, died in the attack. Picture: Met Police Makram Ali, 51, died in the attack. Picture: Met Police

But after driving a hire van from Cardiff to London on June 18, road closures thwarted his plan.

Instead he travelled across London in hunt of a mosque, eventually ending up in Finsbury Park in Mr Corbyn’s constituency at around midnight.

CCTV footage shows the van circling roads close to the Muslim Welfare House and Finsbury Park mosque, before turning hard left into a crowded pavement at the entrance of Whadcoat Street at 12.16am.

Two minutes earlier Mr Ali had collapsed on the floor after attending evening prayers, just 100 yards from his front door, prompting bystanders to rush to his aid.

Witnesses said he had been conscious and had wanted to go home in the moments before being struck by the van, which killed him almost instantly. Two others were seriously injured.

A note written by Osborne – which complained about terrorism, the Rotherham child sex scandal, and branded Mr Corbyn a “terrorist sympathiser” – was found in the cab of the van.

Osborne, a “total loner”, had become obsessed with Muslims after watching BBC drama Three Girls in May last year and was angered by what he deemed as inaction following a string of UK terror attacks, his estranged partner Sarah Andrews said.

Police believe these feelings were further fuelled by far-right material, with devices found at Osborne’s family home revealing multiple searches for English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Britain First’s Jayda Fransen.

Within a month Osborne, who had never previously expressed racist tendencies, had become radicalised and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

A single mother is demanding that the council fixes her flood-damaged flat – and foot the bill.

Yesterday, 12:51

I heard about Marcel Campbell’s death while driving on Monday evening. My heart fell to my feet. I lost concentration and nearly crashed the car.

Yesterday, 09:34

Six parked cars were damaged in a crash in Caledonian Road last night.

Yesterday, 07:01

Survivors of horrific abuse in Islington’s kids’ homes are fighting for compensation decades after at least 100 were allegedly brutalised under the council’s care.

Tue, 17:56

A man has been arrested over the crash in Finsbury Park yesterday that left a 26-year-old fighting for his life.

Tue, 14:35

Delivery drivers will be banned from loitering in roads off Upper Street after neighbours said constant anti-social behaviour was making their lives hell.

Tue, 11:09

Marks and Spencer in Holloway Road is one of 14 branches across the country set to close, the firm has revealed.

Tue, 11:05

Finsbury Park’s franchised Post Office has officially launched after the long row over its takeover.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“I try and do my best to enhance the young person’s capabilities. I’m very focused on their education, their wellbeing and their cultural needs.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now