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Finsbury Park trial: Osborne wanted to ‘kill all Muslims’

PUBLISHED: 11:47 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:57 24 January 2018

Emergency services on the scene in Finsbury Park back in June. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Emergency services on the scene in Finsbury Park back in June. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Darren Osborne, formerly of Weston-super-Mare, announced in a pub he wanted to ‘kill all Muslims’, just days before a deadly attack was carried out in London.

Darren Osborne seen at a bar in Cardiff two days before the attack, where witnesses said he vowed to kill Muslims. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire. Darren Osborne seen at a bar in Cardiff two days before the attack, where witnesses said he vowed to kill Muslims. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire.

The 48-year-old is accused of murder and attempted murder after a van was used to mow down Muslim worshippers in London on June 19 last year.

Osborne denies the charges, but Woolwich Crown Court was told yesterday (Tuesday) that he had made threats against Muslims just two days before while in a Cardiff bar.

Soldier Callum Spence said Osborne made comments including ‘Muslims are all terrorists’, ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ and that he would ‘take it into his own hands’.

MORE: Osborne committed an act of terrorism, says prosecution.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said Osborne hired a van and drove to London’s Finsbury Park where he then mounted the pavement and struck pedestrians.

Makram Ali, aged 51, who had collapsed on the ground minutes earlier, was one of those hit and died. Several others were injured.

Osborne used to live in Weston but now lives in Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff.

The trial continues.

* For more details from the trial, see tomorrow’s Weston Mercury.

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