Darren Osborne, the 47-year-old man who was arrested following the terror attack near a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, on Monday, has been charged with terror-related murder and attempted murder, the Metropolitan police said in a statement on Friday.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution service said: “Today, the CPS authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder following the incident in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday 19 June.”
The full statement from the Met reads as follows:
Following an investigation by the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, Darren John Osborne, 47, (3.11.69), from Cardiff, was today, Friday 23 June, charged with terrorism related murder and attempted murder.
This was in relation to the terrorist attack in Seven Sisters Road, London N4 in the early hours of Monday 19 June.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.
On Friday afternoon, Osborne appeared in Westminster magistrates’ court wearing a white T-shirt during a hearing that lasted four minutes, the BBC reported. He gave his name and date of birth, and said he had no address.
He was remanded in custody until a preliminary appearance at the Old Bailey that will take place on Tuesday.
The man who died following the attack was named on Thursday as Makram Ali, 51, of Haringey in north London. He was among a group of worshippers who had just left Tarawih Ramadan prayers at two nearby Finsbury Park mosques when a white van mounted the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians in the early hours of Monday morning. Another 10 people were injured.
The preliminary results of a special postmortem, issued by police yesterday, indicated that Ali – a father of six and a grandfather of two – died of multiple injuries.