London, MINA – A man who drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a north London mosque has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 43 years behind bars.
Darren Osborne, 48, was found guilty of murdering Makram Ali, 51, after deliberately ploughing into a crowd of people in Finsbury Park in June, KUNA reported, ciiting the BCC on Friday.
Justice Cheema-Grubb said Osborne, from Cardiff, had planned “a suicide mission” and expected to be shot dead.
“This was a terrorist attack – you intended to kill,” the judge told him.
Osborne, who had been found guilty of murder and attempted murder, said “God bless you all, thank you”, as he was led away from court.
The father-of-four mowed down worshippers in Finsbury Park shortly on June 19 June last year, killing Ali and injuring nine others.
Osborne had appeared before the courts on 33 occasions for 102 offences, she was told.
The judge said Osborne’s previous convictions showed he was a “belligerent and violent character”.
She said Ali died immediately after being struck by the van. He was found with tyre marks on his torso, she added.
The trial heard the victims had been outside the Muslim Welfare House, in Finsbury Park, when the area had been busy with worshippers attending Ramadan prayers. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)