Mosque terror attacker to be sentenced

A man who drove a van at people outside a London mosque after saying he wanted to “kill all Muslims” will be sentenced this morning.

Darren Osborne, 48, from Cardiff, was found guilty on Thursday of murder and attempted murder.

His terror attack on 19 June last year killed Makram Ali, who was being helped after collapsing on the pavement, and left others with life-changing injuries.

Osborne’s trial heard he had originally hoped to use the rented van to kill Jeremy Corbyn and “as many people as possible” at an Islamic march the day before.

But when he realised he could not get near the central London event he drove for hours looking for an alternative.

Osborne asked for directions to the nearest mosque and then travelled to Finsbury Park in the north of the city.

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Video: Moment of Finsbury Park attack

The court was shown CCTV of the killer doing laps of the area, with cameras capturing the moment he drove through a crowd of people in Islamic dress shortly after midnight.

Jurors also listened to a 999 call made after Mr Ali, 51, had collapsed.

The moment the van hits the crowd can be heard, followed by minutes of chaos, with the caller asking for more ambulances.

Witnesses said Osborne – a father of four – was smiling and blowing kisses after the attack.

“I’ve done my job,” he said to people as they held him and waited for police.

“You can kill me now,” he was said to have added.

The jury heard Osborne’s motives were clear from a handwritten note found in the van.

It complained about terrorists on UK streets and the Rotherham child grooming scandal.

Video: Finsbury Park attacker rants in back of police van

The note referred to Muslims as “feral” and described Muslim men as “rapists”, declaring they were: “Hunting in packs preying on our children, this will be coming to a town near you soon, it most probably has, get back to the desert, you raping inbred bastards & climb back on ya camels.”

Osborne also called Mr Corbyn a “terrorist sympathiser” and lambasted London mayor Sadiq Khan and pop star Lily Allen, prosecutors told the jury.

It is believed he wrote the letter in a pub the day before he drove to London in a hired van.

CCTV footage of the Holybush pub, near Cardiff, showed Osborne writing a note and drinkers said he was ranting about Muslims before he was asked to leave.

Witnesses told how Osborne declared: “I’m going to kill all the Muslims, Muslims are all terrorists.

“Your families are all going to be Muslim. I’m going to take it into my own hands.”

His girlfriend, Sarah Andrews, told Woolwich Crown Court that Osborne had become “obsessed” with Muslims, having watched BBC drama Three Girls about the Rochdale grooming scandal.

The programme aired in May, not long after the Westminster terror attack in March.

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Video: How pushed Darren Osborne from local drunk to wannabe mass killer?

As Osborne became more extreme in his views, the UK was struck by two more attacks: Manchester in May, and London Bridge in June.

In her witness statement, Ms Andrews said her boyfriend was a “ticking time bomb”, adding: “He seemed brainwashed and totally obsessed.”

Osborne showed no remorse during the trial and said he had planned the attack with “a guy called Dave” and another man called “Terry Jones”.

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Claiming “Dave” was driving the van, he said he was in the footwell and had no idea what was happening.

Defence lawyers dismissed the “absurd” late defence, and with no evidence to back up his claims – including no CCTV of “Dave”, jurors took under an hour to find Osborne guilty.