A 48-year-old man who drove a van into Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park has been jailed for life.
Darren Osborne, 48, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 43 years.
The van ploughed into a group of people shortly after 12.15am on June 19 last year, resulting in the death of Makram Ali, 51.
Osborne, who had not previously expressed far-right views, became obsessed with Muslims after viewing the BBC’s “Three Girls,” about events in Rochdale, northern England, where white girls were abused by paedophile gangs.
He then researched extreme right-wing figures and groups, which sent him into a spiral of wanting to carry out an attack, police said.
“What this case demonstrates is that individuals can be become radicalized really, really quickly,” said Commander Dean Haydon, the head of London’s Counter Terrorism Command. “To be honest, some individuals look at material today and decide to do an attack later on this evening.”
In a garbled handwritten note left in the van, Osborne described Muslim men as rapists, “feral” and “in-bred” and expressed his contempt for Muslim London mayor Sadiq Khan and socialist opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whom he later told jurors he had wanted to kill on the day of his attack.