Finsbury Park mosque terrorist Darren Osborne could lose an eye after prison attack

By Susie Beever & Katie-Ann Gupwell

A terrorist who went on a murderous rampage as worshippers came out of mosque could lose his sight in one eye following a brutal attack by a fellow inmate, a court has heard.

Hull Live reports Darren Osborne, who drove a van into people leaving a mosque, was left with permanent damage to his right eye after he was stabbed by convicted murderer Patrick Chandler in an attack at HMP Full Sutton.

A court heardChandler used a blade fashioned from a sharpened wooden tool to stab Osborne in the head, arm and torso, attacking him so violently that the weapon snapped in his hand leaving a part embedded in Osborne's forehead.

Osborne is currently serving a 43-year minimum sentence behind bars for the terrorist attack which killed one man, Makram Ali, and injured nine others ouside Finsbury Park mosque in June 2017.

He previously lived in Pentwyn, Cardiff. You can read more about Osborne here.

This week Hull Crown Court heard how 48-year-oldChandler launched the vicious attack on Osborne while serving two sentences for murder and attempted murder.

Chandler was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years for the murder of John Comer in Manningtree, Essex, in 2017, before later getting an extra 10 years added after he attacked another inmate at a prison in Chelmsford.

But the attack on terrorist Osborne has now landed him an extra eight years behind bars, meaning that he has already doubled his jail time with his behaviour in prison.

A judge told him he would not be eligible for parole until 2056 – when he will be 83.

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The prosecution told the court that Chandler’s attack left far-right extremist Osborne with “significant” and “permanent damage” to his eye.

Her Honour Judge McKone said Osborne had been left “very frightened of losing the sight in his right eye”, and although was expected to make a full recovery, could end up requiring a glass eye in the future.

The assault also left him with permanent tissue damage to his arm.

"Understandably he has been affected - mentally and adversely - by your attack, and feels more vulnerable because of it," the judge said.

Chandler, of Full Sutton, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and having a sharpened instrument in prison at an earlier hearing.

His offence was deemed the most serious category due to the pre-meditated nature and the extent of Osborne’s injuries, meaning another life sentence was on the cards.

But Kevin Blount, defending Chandler, told the court that a further life sentence behind bars would wipe away “any glimmer of hope” he had of being a free man.

Sentencing the defendant to a further eight years, Judge McKone told him that she recognised he was already facing a long spell in jail, but that without further punishment for last summer’s offence he would have “no motivation to not continue to behave this way”.

She told him: “You clearly ruminate on perceived wrongs and then make a calculated decision to act violently, and that makes you very dangerous.”


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