A suspected far-right terrorist in the UK charged with driving a van into a crowd of people outside Finsbury Park mosque told the court he had actually plotted to kill Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
One person was killed and nine others injured in the attack allegedly perpetrated by Darren Osborne, 48.
Osborne has denied the attack. Instead he claimed he was not driving at the time of the attack, rather someone named “Dave” was.
However he did admit to plotting to kill Corbyn, saying doing so would mean “one less terrorist off our streets.” He said, however, it “would have been even better” if they’d been able to kill the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Osborne said he was part of a three man cell, including “Dave” and another person he identified as “Terry Jones.” Osborne admitted to driving the truck and attempting to gain entrance to the Al Quds rally which was happening at the time and where Corbyn was giving a speech. Unable to gain access to the rally due to road blocks, they drove to Finsbury Park, where Osborne says Dave took over driving.
The trio allegedly first plotted to kill a Labour councillor in Rochdale, Aftab Hussein. That plan was abandoned because “we just wanted more casualties,” Osbourne said. He told the court the trio wanted to found a far-right movement in Wales called Taffia.
Prosecuting lawyers were very suspicious of Osborne’s claims. Jonathan Rees, one of the prosecutors, pointed out that no witnesses or CCTV cameras saw “Dave.”
“I suggest that ‘Dave and Terry’s’ participation in these events is a total fabrication, isn’t it,” Rees told the court, “that it’s a fabrication that came about when you saw the prosecution could prove the case against you.”
No-one else has been arrested in connection with the attack.
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