London Mosque Attacker Sentenced to 43 Years

Darren Osborne, 48, received the life sentence for deliberately mowing down worshippers outside two mosques in north London "with a terrorist motive" shortly after 12.15am on June 19 previous year.

Passing the sentence, Bobbie Cheema-Grubb, the Judge told Osborne, "this was a terrorist attack".

On June 19 a year ago, Osborne drove his van intendedly into the worshippers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque after evening prayers in north London.

"You were rapidly radicalised.by material put on the Internet by those determined to spread hatred of Muslims", Justice Cheema-Grubb said.

Osborne was sentenced to concurrent whole life terms on Friday for murder and attempted murder, with the minimum term of more than four decades to be served.

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

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Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: "Osborne's evil and cowardly attack meant a family has tragically lost a husband, father and grandfather".

She said Osborne had become "obsessed" with Muslims in the weeks leading up to the incident after watching the BBC drama Three Girls, which was based on the true stories of victims of the Rochdale grooming gangs.

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

During his nine-day trial, Osborne told the court he had wanted to kill senior Labour figures including leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Ms Akhtar said her own son was "always asking where his grandad is and why he can not go to the park every day to play with him any more".

In a statement delivered on behalf of loved ones outside Woolwich Crown Court, Ms Akhtar said her father spent the evening he died with his family before leaving for Ramadan prayers at the Muslim Welfare House.

Following the incident, a number of men tried to prevent the driver's escape and keep him pinned to the ground as he was heard to say "I want to kill more Muslims", Mr Rees continued.

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