Van driver charged with murder over Finsbury Park terror attack
Jun 29 2017
Darren Osborne was remanded in custody on Friday after an appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Police have charged 47-year-old Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder following the attack at Finsbury Park Mosque.
The suspect's 72-year-old mother, Christine Osborne, said that she can not defend her son's actions, but she insisted that he was not a terrorist and had not previously shown any hatred toward Muslims. Four of them are still being treated, two of whom are still listed in critical condition. Investigators could not immediately determine if Ali died of an illness or as a result of the attack.
Witnesses said the driver appeared to deliberately steer the van into the crowd.
The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.
Makram Ali, 51, died from multiple injuries following Monday's attack.
A policewoman lays flowers ahead of a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque after an attack that left one dead and others injured. Police have characterized the incident as a terrorist attack directed at Muslims.
They said he avoided political and social discussion, took comfort in spending time with his family, and was "always ready to make a amusing joke when you least expected".
Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3. Paramedics who arrived at the scene were unable to revive him. "We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured".