Finsbury Park Attack: Darren Osborne Hoped To Kill “Jeremy Corbyn And Sadiq Khan”
The alleged man accused of deliberately driving a van into a group of London Muslims has claimed he wanted to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Darren Osborne, 48, is accused of carrying out a van attack on Muslim worshippers who had been attending Ramadan prayers at local mosques in Finsbury Park last year in north London, leaving one dead and several injured.

Giving evidence on Tuesday at Woolwich Crown Court, Osborne has denied he was behind the wheel during the attack on 19 June 2017 which killed Makram Ali, 51. He claimed “guy called Dave” of unexpectedly launching the attack as he changed his trousers.

taking to the witness stand, Osborne said he had plotted with two men called Terry Jones and Dave to “plough through as many” people as possible at a pro-Palestinian march in central London the day before.

Osborne told the court: “We were planning to form a group, like the Welsh far-right group.”

“We were going to call ourselves the ‘Taffia’.”

Their target changed to last year’s Quds day march because they could cause more casualties there, he said, adding that they also expected Corbyn to be in attendance as well.

He said they originally hired the van to kill Jeremy Corbyn on a march. Osborne also said that it “would have been even better” if London Mayor Sadiq Khan had been present, “It would have been like winning the lottery,”.

“We were overwhelmed that this event was taking place so soon after [ISIS-inspired terror attacks],” he said.

“Another reason for the Al-Quds march was that Jeremy Corbyn would be in attendance.” Osborne added.

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Corbyn was believed to be attending the central London event but was not there, and road closures meant there was no way for the vehicle to get close to marchers, Osborne said.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC, cross-examining, asked: “More people dead if possible?”

Osborne responded: “Oh yeah.”

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Rees accused the defendant of “fabricating” the account. The defendant told the jury Osborne met Dave and Terry in a pub in Treforest, while two managers from The Pick and Shovel previously described him as a “loner” who drank alone.

Osborne said his alleged co-conspirators were still at large and that they would support further attacks, adding: “Something needs to be done.”

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