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Darren Osborne jailed for life for Finsbury Park terror attack

Darren Osborne jailed for life for Finsbury Park terror attack

The man who killed a Muslim worshiper and injured several others last year in a terror attack near a London mosque was sentenced Friday to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 43 years.

A CCTV still of Darren Osborne at a pub in Wales planning his attack at Finsbury Park.

Makram Ali died after his legs were crushed under the van in the Finsbury Park area of north London in the attack on June 19.

Far-right loner Darren Osborne, 48, was convicted in less than an hour over the van attack on a crowd of worshippers in June a year ago.

The attacker said he had no idea Dave - one of his two made-up accomplices - meant to smash into a group of pedestrians, and believed they were on their way to a pub to meet a third co-conspirator, Terry.

But witnesses recalled Mr Osborne saying: "I've done my job, you can kill me now" and "at least I had a proper go" to members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

"Your mindset became one of malevolent hatred".

Osborne attacked the crowd because they were wearing traditional Muslim dress, the prosecution said.

"The speed at which he became brainwashed by inflammatory material he found on social media sites has left counterterrorism experts deeply concerned, and has led to calls for technology giants to do more to remove it", says The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Ali's family delivered an emotional statement outside court after the sentencing.

The court heard during the trial that Osborne initially meant to drive the van into a Palestinian march in central London, hoping to make a victim out of opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

She said: "Our father, like the victims of most terrorism, was entirely innocent, which makes his death in this violent way all the more hurtful".

Osborne, of Glyn Rhosyn, in Cardiff, has denied charges of murder and attempted murder.

The "crude and unsophisticated" terror attack happened just moments after Mr Ali, 51, had been taken ill and collapsed yards from his own front door.

He first appeared in court aged 15 and in 2006, aged 36, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

"We can not be complacent and regard this as a one-off incident", Khan said.

"Our father, like the victims of most terrorism, was entirely innocent which makes his death in this violent way all the more hurtful and we can not imagine the trauma he felt in the last few minutes", said Ruzina Akhtar, one of Bangladeshi-born Ali's six children.

"They will now grow up without the help and support of their father", his daughter Ruzina Akhtar said.

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

Woolwich Crown Court heard that Osborne has a criminal history spanning 30 years, which could not previously be disclosed because it could prejudice the jury.

The jury of eight women and four men took one hour to convict the father-of-four. He was found with tyre marks on his torso, she added.

The judge commended the actions of Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, of the Muslim Welfare House, who "had the strength of character to do the right thing under pressure", when he stopped angry bystanders from attacking Osborne after the collision.

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