Finsbury Park: Man ‘wanted to kill Muslims in van attack’

Darren Osborne
Darren OsborneImage copyright Julia Quenzler

A man accused of driving a van into a crowd of people near two mosques in north London wanted to kill as many Muslims a possible, a court has heard.

Darren Osborne, 48, is accused of driving into a crowd of worshipers in Finsbury Park, killing Makram Ali, 51, and injuring nine others last year.

He targeted the crowd because they were Muslims, having grown angry at rising terrorism, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Mr Osborne from Cardiff, denies charges of murder and attempted murder.

Opening the trial, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said Mr Osborne had driven a Luton box van from Cardiff to London the day before the alleged attack.

He then deliberately targeted crowds in Finsbury Park at about 00:15 BST on 19 June, he added..

The area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the time, Mr Rees told the court.

Mr Osborne was seeking “to kill someone merely because of their religion”, he said.

A handwritten note, found in the van, complained about terrorists on the streets and the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, Mr Rees added.


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