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Town Hall promises memorial for grandfather killed in Finsbury Park attack as terrorist gets life sentence

Darren Osborne will spend at least 43 years in prison

02 February, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Makram Ali died in the attack in Seven Sisters Road

ISLINGTON Council will create a memorial to honour a grandfather who was run over and killed in the Finsbury Park attack, it was announced today as his killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Darren Osborne, 48, who drove down from Cardiff in a rented van to plough down muslim worshippers, will be jailed for a minimum of 43 years.

Osborne was found guilty of murdering grandfather Makram Ali, 51, by deliberately running over him when he had fallen down shortly after leaving the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road.

Others who had rushed to help Mr Ali were also caught up in the attack – deemed a terror attack by the judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, who presided over the case.

Twelve people suffered injuries, some life threatening. A jury at Woolwich Crown Court also found Osborne guilty of attempted murder following the nine day trial.

Town Hall chief Cllr Richard Watts confirmed that he was in talks with Mr Ali’s family to create a suitable memorial to honour him.

Cllr Watts said: “The Finsbury Park terror attack had a massive impact on our community, and we welcome today’s sentence and the judge’s clear message that Osborne’s hateful crimes were a terrorist attack.

“There is no place for terrorism of any kind in our society, and action must be taken to tackle extremists who radicalise people towards terrorism.”

“Osborne’s cowardly crimes caused great harm, and continue to cause great suffering. We again pay tribute to the courage and strength of those who were injured and affected by this attack, especially the family and friends of Makram Ali, and we will continue to offer them help and support. This attack failed to drive our community apart, and has instead brought us closer together.”

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