Finsbury Park trial: Jury released after ‘development’ in Darren Osborne case

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Darren Osborne (centre) at Woolwich Crown Court in London w

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Darren Osborne (centre) at Woolwich Crown Court in London where he denies murder and attempted murder after driving a van into worshippers. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A murder trial, featuring a former Weston-super-Mare man, has been delayed due a ‘development in the case’.

Darren Osborne, aged 48, faces counts of murder and attempted murder in relation to an attack on Muslims outside a north London mosque last summer.

He is accused of hiring a van and driving it deliberately into worshippers on the street in the early hours of June 19.

Makram Ali, aged 51, died while several others were injured in Finsbury Park.

The trial began on Monday at Woolwich Crown Court but was halted this lunchtime (Friday).


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Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb sent the jury away and told them they would not be required until Monday afternoon.

She said: “I am going to tell you that there has been a development in this case. You will find out more later.

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“Please don’t speculate about it, but the consequences of that development is that I need to give some time for further preparation of this case and to make sure you are not waiting around any longer I am going to release you now until 2pm on Monday.”

Osborne, who now lives in Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff, denies the charges.

The trial continues.

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