In the early hours of June 19, Darren Osborne deliberately drove his van into a group of worshippers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park. He killed 51-year-old Makram Ali and injured nine other people. He was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court as a murderer. It’s said that he has vowed to “kill all Muslims.”
Osborne claimed that a man called ‘Dave’ was driving the van at the time of the attack, and then he had “vanished” from the scene. However, his assertion was dismissed by the judge. Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC accused Osborne of dreaming up “absurd” stories to save himself.
“The sad and depressing truth is that he intended to kill as many members of the group as possible,” he told the jury. “In his mind, the defendant had cast all Muslims as criminals and decided to take matters into his own hands and punish them.”
According to the documents, Osborne planned to kill “as many people as possible” at an Islamic march in London the day before the attack. He has also admitted that he hoped to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who he thought would attend the Al Quds Day march. “If (London Mayor) Sadiq Khan would have been there it would have been even better, like winning the lottery,” he claimed.
Osborne has drove for more than four hours to find the best location and at the end he found the mosque in Finsbury Park. The cameras recorded him lapsing around the area. “I’ve done my job, you can kill me now,” he said to the people who found him after the attack. The court enunciated him as a murderer.