Van driver ‘hoped to kill Cor­byn in at­tack’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A MAN ac­cused of car­ry­ing out a ter­ror at­tack at Fins­bury Park had hoped to kill Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn, he told a court.

Dar­ren Os­borne, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff, is al­leged to have de­lib­er­ately mowed down Mus­lims out­side two mosques in north Lon­don us­ing a van at 12.15am on June 19 last year.

The 48-year-old, tak­ing to the wit­ness stand, said he had plot­ted with two men called Terry Jones and Dave to “plough through as many” peo­ple as pos­si­ble at a proPales­tinian march in cen­tral Lon­don the day be­fore.

Mr Cor­byn was also be­lieved to be at­tend­ing the event but was not there, and road clo­sures meant there was no way for the ve­hi­cle to get close to marchers, Os­borne told Wool­wich Crown Court.

But he de­nied that he was the driver of the van when it later col­lided with wor­ship­pers in Fins­bury Park and claimed he had been re­mov­ing his trousers in the footwell of the pas­sen­ger side.

The three, who had planned to form a Welsh far-right group called the “Taf­fia”, had ini­tially plot­ted to mur­der Rochdale Labour coun­cil­lor Aftab Hus­sain, the court heard. Os­borne claimed Mr Hus­sain had backed one of the mem­bers of a groom­ing gang and “is and will re­main a tar­get”.

Os­borne de­nies the mur­der of Makram Ali, 51, and the at­tempted mur­der of “per­sons at the junc­tion of Seven Sis­ters Road and Whad­coat Street, Lon­don”.

The case con­tin­ues.

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