Darren Osborne has been jailed for 43 years for the van attack on Muslims in London’s Finsbury Park.An unemployed “loner” who deliberately mowed down worshippers in a terror attack outside a London mosque in Finsbury Park has been jailed for at least 43 years.
Darren Osborne ploughed a hire van into a crowded pavement in north London shortly after midnight on June 19 last year, killing Makram Ali, 51, and injuring 12 others.
The 48-year-old, who had denied murder and attempted murder, was seen smiling and blowing a kiss to angry bystanders in the moments after the murderous act.
Osborne, who stood with his hands crossed in front of him as sentence was passed, gave no reaction as Justice Cheema-Grubb told him: “This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill.”
She said he had been “rapidly radicalised”, adding: “Your mindset became one of malevolent hatred.
“In short you allowed your mind to be poisoned by those who claimed to be leaders.”
A jury took one hour to convict unemployed father-of-four Osborne on Thursday, dismissing his 11th-hour defence that a “fabricated” accomplice named Dave had been driving at the point of impact.
The court heard he had become “obsessed” with Muslims after watching BBC drama Three Girls and was angered by what he deemed as inaction following a string of UK terror attacks.
He became radicalised within weeks after accessing extreme far-right material online.
During his 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 had also plotted to murder Rochdale Labour councillor Aftab Hussain, who he said had backed a member of the grooming gangs, but called it off because he wanted “more casualties”.
The attacker admitted he had initially hoped to target the pro-Palestinian Al Quds march in central London, but his plans were thwarted by road closures.
Instead, he made his way to Finsbury Park, where he struck Muslims leaving evening prayer on the junction between Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Street.