Darren Osborne, who plowed a van into a group of Muslims near a London, England mosque in 2017, will serve at least four decades in prison for his crime.
On June 19, 2017, Darren Osborne jumped into a van and headed towards Finsbury Park Mosque. After nighttime prayers, members of the mosque discovered a man collapsed at a bus stop. As they administered first aid to the man, Makram Ali, 51, they were struck by Osborne’s van.
Osborne ended up killing Ali and injuring a number of others.
Bystanders began to attack Osborne in retaliation, but the mosque’s imam asked them to stop. As they waited for police to arrive at the scene, Osborne was quoted as saying he wanted to “kill all Muslims.”
Osborne, 48, was charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty.
Darren Osborne’s Trial
Darren Osborne’s trial began in January 2018 in Woolwich Crown Court. Osborne’s defense was that an accomplice named Dave had been driving the van, not him.
The jury didn’t buy it. They took an hour to return a guilty verdict on February 1 after a nine-day trial.
Osborne was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 43 years behind bars without parole.
Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb said Osborne had been radicalized by far-right, Islamophobic propaganda online. “Your mindset became one of malevolent hatred,” she told the prisoner. “This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill.”
Police said Osborne’s radicalization began when he watched a TV documentary about Pakistani men sexually exploiting young English women. Osborne began searching for Islamophobic material and a few weeks later, he carried out his attack.
Ali left behind a wife and six children. His daughter, Ruzina Akhtar, said outside court: “He will never be forgotten. He will always stay in our hearts. His laughter will echo the walls of our home, his smile will be reflected in our eyes, his memories will be alive in our conversations.”