London: The Finsbury Park mosque terror suspect Darren Osborne’s sister Nicola said that her brother is “not a terrorist “but was “lost”. She said he was ‘never normal’.
Speaking to Mail Online, Nicola said Osborne was a deeply troubled individual who apparently tried to steal from his blind 90-year-old great-grandfather When he was as young as ten following which her mother reported to the police.
She also said that their mother would not defend her son. She added that. ‘He never learned not to react. He stabbed a car and cut the nerves on two of his fingers. And he never got that treated so his fingers are a bit strange. He broke both of his ankles so he walks a bit funny.”
she revealed that Osborne had been suicidal in recent weeks ‘He tried to kill himself six, eight weeks ago. He threw himself into the river in Cardiff following the latest break-up with his partner.”
‘He asked to be taken into care, to be sectioned but they wouldn’t do it. He was on anti-depressants. He came to see me after he tried to kill himself. He showed me the bump on his head. I don’t know how he got out of the river, or really what happened.’
She added: ‘He asked me if he could stay. But he has made my life a misery over the years.
‘Weston is a small town. Everyone knows Darren. I’ve lost jobs, boyfriends after people found out I am Darren Osborne’s sister. And this happened on my birthday, on my 50th birthday.’
she added: ‘But Darren is not racist, he is not a terrorist. He is someone who is lost. He needs help. I feel so sorry for the people he hurt.”
Osborne mother Christine, 72, has said she is ‘sorry for what’s happened’, adding: ‘ “I know mother’s normally defend [their kids]. But I’m not going to, he has four children and that’s my worry at the moment”.
One man died and nine people were injured outside Finsbury Park Mosque as worshippers left a late evening prayer meeting. Osborne was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism; attempted murder. He will remain in custody at a south London police station.