Man who attacked London Muslims imprisoned for over 40 years
LONDON (AP) — A man who drove a van into worshipers near a London mosque, killing one man and injuring a dozen others, was sentenced today to at least 43 years in prison for what a judge called a crime driven by "malevolent hatred."
Judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb said Darren Osborne's mind was "poisoned" by far-right ideas before the June 2017 attack targeting Muslims and that he had shown no signs of remorse.
"Your mindset became one of malevolent hatred," the judge told the prisoner in the dock at Woolwich Crown Court. "This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill."
She sentenced Osborne, 48, to life with no chance of parole for 43 years, saying "the court has seen no evidence that the danger you present has lessened."
"You attempted to kill at least a dozen people and succeeded in taking the life of a peaceful man you knew nothing about and had never met," the judge said.
A jury convicted Osborne, of Cardiff, Wales, of murder and attempted murder Thursday for the attack in London's Finsbury Park neighborhood.
A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali, was killed and 12 people were injured when Osborne drove a rented van into people leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.
The judge told Osborne the slain man had "lived his life without enemies – until, unknowingly, he met you."