Finsbury Park terror attack: Darren Osborne pleads not guilty to murder and attempted murder

Makram Ali, 51, died of multiple injuries after a van hit Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque in June

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Correspondent
Thursday 21 December 2017 15:12
Darren Osborne is accused of attempted murder and murder in the Finsbury Park terror attack
Darren Osborne is accused of attempted murder and murder in the Finsbury Park terror attack

The man accused of carrying on the Finsbury Park terror attack has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.

Darren Osborne is accused of deliberately driving a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers near the Muslim Welfare House in London.

He is charged with murdering one man, 51-year-old Makram Ali, and attempting to kill other “persons at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Street, London” on 19 June.

The 48-year-old of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff, he appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison on Thursday.

Wearing a red T-shirt, he spoke only to confirm his identity and enter not guilty pleas.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb remanded him on custody until the start of his trial, which is scheduled for 22 January at Woolwich Crown Court.

The incident was one of five terror attacks to hit the UK this year, following the Isis-linked atrocities in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge.

Additional reporting by PA