'A man who vowed to “kill all Muslims” before deliberately ploughing a van into worshippers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park has been found guilty of murder and attempted murder.
Darren Osborne, 48, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff, was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of killing 51-year-old Makram Ali and injuring nine others when he drove a van into them in the early hours of June 19.
The jury dismissed the father-of-four’s claim that a man called ‘Dave’ was driving the van at the time of the attack. Osborne tried to claim ‘Dave’ had “vanished” after ploughing into the group of worshippers in Finsbury Park and was like the magician Dynamo.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC accused Osborne of cobbling together the “absurd” account in a last-ditch attempt 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.”
The trial heard how Osborne’s attack was fuelled by a hatred for Muslims and how he had initially planned to kill “as many people as possible” at an Islamic march in London the day before.'
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