Islington Council promises Finsbury Park memorial for Makram Ali as terrorist Darren Osborne is sentenced to life

PUBLISHED: 12:55 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 February 2018

Makram Ali, 51, died in the attack. Picture: Met Police

Makram Ali, 51, died in the attack. Picture: Met Police

Terrorist murderer Darren Osborne was this afternoon sentenced to life in prison – as Islington Council announced a Finsbury Park memorial for his victim Makram Ali.

Darren Osborne. Picture: Met PoliceDarren Osborne. Picture: Met Police

Osborne, who also injured nine others when he drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in the Seven Sisters Road junction with Whadcoat Street on June 19 last year, was sentenced to a minimum 43 years at Woolwich Crown Court. As he was led away, he said: “God bless you, thank you.”

Cllr Richard Watts, the town hall leader, said after Osborne was sentenced that Islington Council is working with Mr Ali’s family “to create an appropriate memorial”.

He said: “The Finsbury Park terror attack had a massive impact on our community, and today’s verdict is a huge relief.

“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.

CCTV still showing a van driving into worshippers in the Seven Sisters Road terror attack on June 19 last year. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA WireCCTV still showing a van driving into worshippers in the Seven Sisters Road terror attack on June 19 last year. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

“We will continue to offer them help and support, and we are working with Makram Ali’s family to create an appropriate memorial. This attack failed to drive our community apart, and has instead brought us closer together.”

Osborne, who stood with his hands crossed in front of him as sentence was passed, gave no reaction as Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told him: “This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill.”

She said he had been “rapidly radicalised”, adding: “Your mindset became one of malevolent hatred. In short you allowed your mind to be poisoned by those who claimed to be leaders.”

Mr Ali, 51, was from Haringey. In a statement read to the court earlier, one of his six children, Ruzina Akhtar, said: “My heart was shattered when I saw my father lying in the morgue. My mum is scared to go out by herself in case she is attacked because she is visibly a Muslim who wears a headscarf.”

Additional court reporting by Press Association

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