Chilling 999 call made as Finsbury Park attacker ploughed van into Muslims outside mosque
This is the chilling 999 call made as the Finsbury Park attacker ploughed a van into a crowd of Muslims, killing one man and injuring several more.
Jurors were played the 999 call Adnan Mohamud initially made to report that Makram Ali, 61, was collapsed on the ground and not conscious but breathing.
As he speaks to the operator, a loud noise distorts the call for several moments, before shouting from people in distress can be heard.
The operator can be heard saying ‘hello’ 24 times over a few minutes before a male voice comes back on the line to inform him that ‘someone’s just come with a big van and run over a load of people’.
The 28-year-old, who made the 999 call following Mr Ali’s collapse, said he may have grabbed the man he believed was the driver as he tried to make his escape.
Mr Mohamud said he would never forget the face of the ‘constantly smiling’ van driver, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said.
Darren Osborne was caught on PC David Jones’s body-worn camera as he sat topless in handcuffs outside Islington police station hours after the incident.
The man can be heard making ‘unprompted’ remarks about the Rotherham grooming scandal, Sadiq Khan, Grenfell Tower, the Iraq war, and the Labour Party among other topics.
The footage shows Osborne laughing after appearing to speculate over how the mayor of London would respond the following day.
He said, before laughing loudly: ‘Sadiq Khan, what’s he up to tomorrow, eh?’
‘Don’t look back in anger, don’t look back in anger. Carry on as normal, business as usual.’
During the foul-mouthed tirade, the man says he has tried to kill himself recently, adding: ‘My head’s fked’.
He says: ‘Up and down the fucking country they have been doing it for decades, hunting in packs, raping, raping, raping, raping, the inbred fking bastards, the f**king inbreds.’
Reading out Mr Mohamud’s statement, Mr Rees said: ‘Whilst this male was on the floor I remember him saying ‘I have done my job, you can kill me now. He was smiling as he said it.’
He added: [Something I will never forget was that he was constantly smiling. I knew at this point that what he did was not an accident – it was definitely deliberate.’
Another witness, Susan Can, said the surrounding crowd was ‘very angry’ before police arrived and detained the driver.
She said: ‘As he was sat in there I saw him blow a kiss at the crowd. This made them angrier still.’
She added: ‘What happened sent a big shock through the community and lots of us, we go to the mosque (I am not a practising Muslim) and offer to help in any way.’
The imam said the alleged attacker was surrounded by a group of around 10 to 15 people, who were throwing punches ‘from almost every direction’.
He said he urged the crowd to hand him ‘unscathed’ to the police, adding: ‘I shouted “no one touch him”. I told people to get back.’
Asked why he acted in this way, Mr Mahmoud said: ‘It was a natural response. He posed no harm to anybody. He was immobilised.
‘He wasn’t a threat and therefore he should answer for his crime in a court such as this, which he is doing now, and not in a court in the streets.’
Mohammed Mahmoud, who has been an imam at the Muslim Welfare Mosque since 2011, told the court how he stopped the crowds from attacking the van driver after the alleged attack.
He was in his office after night prayer when one of his congregation came in ‘shocked and panting’ and said there had been an incident.
Giving evidence, he said: ‘As soon as I arrived I saw bodies left and right. I saw Makram Ali on the floor having CPR administered on him.
‘I saw the attacker on the floor, face down with two or three men on top of him.’
Abdulrahmen Aidroos said in a statement that all he heard was ‘bang, bang, bang’ as the van hit the group, leaving people strewn across the road.
Afterwards, he recalled the driver being chased by others as he attempted to run away, Ms Przybylska said.
Mr Aidroos ‘stood his ground’ because he ‘could not let him get away with what he had just done’, he said in the statement.
‘I saw him running towards me and I could see that he was hitting out and trying to push anyone that tried to come close to him. I could hear him saying “I want to kill you, I want to kill you” as he was punching out.’
As he held the man down, he said: ‘I could see and hear hate and anger in his face and voice.
‘I asked the male “Why, why did you do this?” I knew at the time that there were at least two people stuck under the van and he just replied “Kill me”.’
Another witness, Nouredine Bidi, said the driver appeared to be ‘very strong’ and was behaving ‘very aggressively’.
The 41-year-old said in his statement, read out by the prosecution: ‘Three to four people tried to grab him to stop him but he kept going and I could see that he was dragging them with him.
‘Eventually he was detained by the group of people and the people began to kick and punch him because they were angry about what he had done.’
A local imam intervened to get the violence to stop before the police arrived, he added.
Ibrahim Benaounda was hit after attending prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque. He had rushed to the aid of Mr Ali and attempted to support his head.
In a statement read to court, he said: ‘He (Mr Ali) stated to me that he just wanted to go home and attempted to get up.’
Mr Benaounda then remembered hearing ‘revving’ from a vehicle behind him, before it struck him.
He said: ‘When it hit me it felt like being on a rollercoaster, and spinning round and round. I could feel everything. I could feel my bones breaking.’
When he opened his eyes, he noticed he was a few metres away from where he had tended to Mr Ali.
The Crown is expected to close its case against Osborne by lunchtime today.