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'Loner' guilty of mosque attack.

Byline: SALLY WARDLE

RACIST thug Darren Osborne is facing life behind bars after being found guilty of the Finsbury Park Mosque terror attack.

A jury took less than an hour to convict the jobless loner of murdering dad-of-six Makram Ali and trying to murder other worshippers mown down by his hired removals van.

They dismissed his story that a "guy called Dave" jumped into the moving vehicle, rammed it into the crowd and then vanished.

Former friends called Osborne a "bully with a big mouth".

And the UK's top anti-terror officer called him "devious, vile and hate-filled".

The court heard Osborne was obsessed with English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and BNP splinter group Britain First.

The alcoholic dad of four became bent on "revenge" after a succession of terror attacks in Britain last year.

A BBC play about Asian grooming in Rochdale proved the tipping point last May. Ex-partner Sarah Andrews said it turned him into a "ticking time-bomb".

During Ramadan last June, Osborne hired a van in Cardiff and drove to central London hoping to attack a pro-Palestinian march.

When that plan failed, he headed to Finsbury Park Mosque, outside which cleric Abu Hamza used to preach.

Osborne ploughed the van into a group of Muslims gathered around Makram, 51, who had collapsed in the street. Makram was killed and 12 others wounded.

Osborne was grabbed by witnesses and a local imam saved him from a severe beating.

During his trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Osborne denied driving the van at the moment of impact and blamed an accomplice called "Dave".

Asked why Dave was not seen on CCTV, he said: "He's like Dynamo [magician Steven Frayne], an illusion. He can make himself vanish, perhaps."

Osborne, 48, of Cardiff, will be sentenced today.

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