- CCTV shows the hired van approaching a crowd in London.
- Darren Osborne drove the vehicle into them and killed a man.
- He has been found guilty of murder and attempted murder.
Police have published video of the moments leading up to a fatal terror attack on a mosque in North London last year.
A 15-second clip, released by the Metropolitan Police, shows the scene as Darren Osborne drove a hired van into a crowd of people in Muslim dress outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in June 2017.
The footage was released after Osborne, 48, was convicted of murder and attempted murder for the attack.
The 48-year-old killed one man – 51-year-old Makram Ali – and injured many others after he deliberately ploughed into worshippers outside two mosques in Finsbury Park, north London, at 12.16 a.m. on June 19.
He is said to have shouted “I want to kill all Muslims” after the attack.
He was found guilty of murder and attempted murder at Woolrich Crown Court in London on Thursday. The judge is also considering whether Osborne’s offences were connected to terrorism,the London Metropolitan Police said.
During his trial, Osborne claimed that he wanted to kill Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a pro-Palestinian march in London.
He said killing Corbyn “would be one less terrorist off our streets,” and that murdering Khan “would have been like winning the lottery.”
According to the prosecuting lawyer, Jonathan Rees QC, Osborne was “brainwashed” into Islamophobia after watching a BBC drama about an underage sex grooming gang run by Muslim men in Rochdale, Manchester.
Rees said Osborne’s girlfriend at the time, Sarah Andrews, noticed that Osborne “became obsessed” with the drama, and “started researching associated topics on the internet, including material featuring Tommy Robinson, the co-founder and former spokesperson for the English Defence League (EDL).
“The defendant started making racist comments about all Muslims raping children and being capable of blowing people up. It appeared to her that he was becoming brainwashed,” Rees said.
Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s counter-terrorism unit, said on Thursday: “Osborne’s evil and cowardly actions meant a family has tragically lost a husband, father and grandfather. […]
“If Osborne’s aim was to create divisions and hate between communities, then from what I have seen, he has failed in that respect. The way that the local community in Finsbury Park – of all faiths and backgrounds – came together was astounding and this reaction was the same across London and the UK.
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