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‘Proud’ Corbyn praises response to attack as man is found guilty of mosque murder

Grandfather Makram Ali died after ‘brainwashed’ Darren Osborne rammed his rental van into Muslim worshippers

02 February, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Darren Osborne drove to London from his home in Cardiff to carry out the attack in June last year

JEREMY Corbyn last night (Thursday) said he was “proud” of how the community came together in the wake of a “hate-filled attack” after a man was found guilty of murdering a Muslim worshipper in Finsbury Park.

Darren Osborne, who drove to London from his home in Cardiff to carry out his attack in June last year, was convicted following an eight-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Grandfather Makram Ali, 51, died after being run over by Osborne’s rental van near the Muslim Welfare House mosque in Seven Sisters Road last June.

Twelve other worshippers who had gathered to help Mr Ali were also caught up in the attack with some suffering life-changing injuries. Mr Ali lived less than a hundred yards away from where he died. Osborne, 48, will be sentenced today. He told the court that he also hoped to kill Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Reacting to the verdict, Mr Corbyn said: “Darren Osborne planned a hate-filled attack that murdered Makram Ali and shocked us all. He attacked the community I represent, Muslims in Britain and the values we all share. I was proud of how, in the wake of this terrible event, we all came together to reject hate and embrace hope, and that is the kind of country we live in. I’m proud to represent such a diverse community that has shown such support to Makram’s family.”

Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command, said Osborne was a “troubled, vile and hate-filled individual”, adding: “He became, what I would call radicalised, within a period of three to four weeks in the lead-up to the attack. He certainly was not, as far as I can tell, interested in any extreme right-wing or domestic extremism groups or individuals up until that stage.”

A statement from his estranged partner Sarah Andrews read out in court described how a BBC drama they watched together a month before the attack was the “catalyst” for Osborne’s obsession with muslims. The drama Three Girls was based on child sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Greater Manchester which was perpetrated by men of mostly Pakistani origin.

Ms Andrews said: “It was as if he was brainwashed. He was on his phone looking at Twitter, watching videos, which are all anti-Muslim.”

Commander Haydon praised the conduct of Muslim Welfare House imam Mohammed Mahmoud during the night of the attack after he protected Osborne from harm.

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