Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect Darren Osborne 'received message from Tommy Robinson'

Darren Osborne denies driving a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers

Darren Osborne denies driving a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The man suspected of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack received messages from former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, a court has heard.

The trial of Darren Osborne, who is accused of driving a van into a crowd of Muslims near Finsbury park mosque In June, heard that he was sent mesages authored by Robinson just days before the attack.

Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court were shown a timeline of activity on iPhones and an iPad apparently belonging to Osborne and his family. Prosecution lawyer Jonathan Rees QC claimed Osborne received a message on June 11, eight days before the attack took place.

The message, a default call to action sent out to several of Robinson's supporters, apparently referenced the Manchester terror attack, and said "it's now been left to us, the ordinary people of the UK, to stand against hatred, and with one voice to say no more."

The court also heard that Robinson sent a second message on June 14, alleging crimes committed by Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Sunderland and demanding "justice" for the victim.

In addition to the alleged messages from Robinson, the prosection claimed that Osborne was contacted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.

According to Rees, Fransen sent Osborne the message on June 3, the same day he joined Twitter.

Osborne is facing charges of murder and attempted murder for driving a van into the crowd of worshippers, killing 51-year-old Markram Ali.

Earlier, the trial heard that Osborne plotted the attack while watching a documentary about the Rochdale sex gangs. Jurors heard that he became a "ticking time-bomb" after watching the Three Girls documentary.

Osborne denies the charges against him.