Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018

London mosque attacker jailed for at least 43 years

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London: A Briton who deliberately drove a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque, killing one man, was on Friday sentenced to life in prison with a minimum 43-year term.

Darren Osborne, 48, from the Welsh capital Cardiff, was found guilty of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area of north London in the June 19 attack.

Passing sentence at a London court, judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb told Osborne: “This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill.”

She added that he had been “rapidly radicalised” and that his “mindset became one of malevolent hatred”.

“In short you allowed your mind to be poisoned by those who claimed to be leaders.”

Osborne, 48, became radicalised over a month last year after watching a television programme about a child sex ring scandal involving a gang of mainly men in northern England.

The unemployed “loner” had pleaded not guilty, telling the court that a man called “Dave” was driving at the time — a claim police denounced as a fabrication. The May Manchester suicide bombing and the June London Bridge van attack and stabbing rampage further fuelled his obsession.–Agencies

 

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