Jeremy Corbyn speaks out after Darren Osborne is convicted of murder over Finsbury Park terror attack
PUBLISHED: 19:43 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:55 01 February 2018
Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out after Darren Osborne was today convicted of murder for carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack – having initially planned to kill the Labour leader.
"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."
Osborne, 48, is facing life in prison after ploughing a van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road on June 19, the first day of Ramadan.
During his trial the father-of-four told jurors at Woolwich Crown Court he had travelled to London from Cardiff with the intention of killing Mr Corbyn and Sadiq Khan at the Al-Quds march in central London but was “thwarted” by road blocks – and because they weren’t there.
Hours later he “ended up in Finsbury Park – because it was Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency.” Just after midnight he drove into the crowd leaving night prayers. He killed grandfather Makram Ali, 51, and injured 12 others – some of whom have been left with life-changing injuries.
This evening the Islington North MP told the Gazette: “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.”
Osborne was found guilty of murder and attempted murder. Jurors took just one hour to reach their verdict.