‘I’m not going to defend him…but he’s my son’: Finsbury Park mosque attacker’s mother

“My son is no terrorist. He’s just a man with problems..." Christine Osborne told The Sun.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2017 10:37 am
Finsbury Park, London mosque, london terror attacks, uk terror attacks, world news Finsbury Park attacker was identified as Darren Osborne. (Twitter)

After a white van, allegedly being driven by Darren Osborne, ploughed down worshippers outside Finsbury Park mosque in London on Monday, Osborne’s mother spoke to media describing her reaction after seeing her son on news. Speaking to British newspaper The Sun, Christine Osborne, 72, said, “This is every mother’s worst nightmare. I’m at my wit’s end. I saw him on TV and recognised him straight away. I just screamed.” She further added that her son is not a terrorist but a “man with problems”. “My son is no terrorist. He’s just a man with problems and I don’t know how to cope with all this,” Christine told The Sun.

She went on to say that her son never talked about any terrorist attacks or about “bloody Muslims”. Speaking to British tabloid Daily Mail, Christine added that her son was a “complex” person with “mental health issues”.”He is disturbed, and has been on medication. He’s unemployed at the moment. He’s got problems, but he’s also got a wife and four kids, and we can’t talk to his partner Sarah, she’s somewhere safe,” she said. According to reports, Darren split with his partner Sarah Andrews, 42, six months ago.

Christine went on to say that she will not defend her son for the “atrocity” he has committed. “I’m not going to defend him, but he’s my son and it’s a terrible, terrible shock. It’s not just robbing a bank, it’s an atrocity,” she said. Christine also expressed her sympathy for the victims of the incident and said that her heart goes out to all those who were injured in the incident. “As a mum my heart goes out to everyone in Finsbury Park,” she was quoted by The Sun as saying.

One person died and 10 others were injured in the incident outside of Finsbury Park mosque in London. A lot of worshippers had gathered at the mosque the previous night for offering Ramadan prayers. The driver of the van was captured by the worshippers who later handed him to the police authorities. The suspect was later identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year old resident of Cardiff, South Wales.

Muslim Council of Britain described the attack as “most violent manifestation of Islamophobia”, while residents of Finsbury Park said they were angry that the police seemed slow to call Monday’s incident a “terror attack”. They also expressed frustration that attacks on the Muslim community have received little coverage or sympathy.

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    Abu Fitna
    Jun 20, 2017 at 3:28 pm
    Danny boy was driving along nicely until he hit some ragheads that he thought were zombies.
    Reply
    1. V
      Virendar
      Jun 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm
      More such replies will be there if the governments world over are unable to tackle the Islamic Terrorism. It may be one of the ways to tackle Islamic terror by giving them and their silent supporters and relatives who just back out from their responsibilities, the taste of their own medicine.
      Reply
      1. P
        Panchnan Bisoi
        Jun 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm
        I am so happy that mother defend his son, so politely and so wisely that every mother defend his son balanced manner- that's Nature. Thanks for her wisdom and wise and prey Almighty much strength will give her to handle the situation.
        Reply