News Public Prosecution 2nd Feb 2018

Finsbury Park Attacker Darren Osborne Sentenced to Life with a Minimum Term of 43 Years

Darren Osborne, prosecuted by Jonathan Rees QC and Sarah Przybylska, has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 43 years following his convictions for murder and attempted murder. Osborne drove a van into a group of people outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park last June, killing Makram Ali, 51, and injuring many others.

Osborne used a rented van to target Muslims as they returned from prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, and the court heard he had wanted to kill as many as possible.

Osborne’s trial heard he had originally hoped to use the rented van to kill Jeremy Corbyn and “as many people as possible” at an Islamic march the day before. But when he realised he could not get near the central London event he drove for hours looking for an alternative. Osborne asked for directions to the nearest mosque and then travelled to Finsbury Park in the north of the city.

His trial heard that he had become radicalised after watching the BBC docudrama Three Girls about the Rochdale grooming scandal, and reading online content from far-right figures such as the former EDL leader Tommy Robinson, and organisations such as Britain First.

The jury returned a verdict in 59 minutes after a nine day trial.

Jonathan and Sarah were instructed by Jessica Hart of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The case was covered widely in the national press – to read more, please follow the links below:

BBC | The Guardian | The Telegraph

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