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The Daily Mail
By Nick Fagge In Weston-super-mare, Somerset, For Mailonline
Published: 13:23 BST, 21 June 2017
- Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested over Monday’s Finbury Park terror attack
- Father-of-four was born in Singapore but grew up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and now lives in Cardiff
- He ‘repeatedly yelled: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims – I did my bit’ and smiled, waved and blew kisses at public’
- Sister Nicola claims jobless Osborne is ‘troubled’ and was in rehab for drink and drugs addiction
- She told MailOnline Osborne tried to kill himself just six weeks by jumping in a river in Cardiff
- Said he once stole a wallet belonging to their great grandfather, who was blind
- Neighbours say he was known as ‘Mr Grumpy’ who drank beer in his hot tub and recently lived in a tent
Finsbury Park terror suspect Darren Osborne was sent to rehab for his addictions to drugs and alcohol, MailOnline can reveal.
Osborne, 47, agreed to stay at the clinic as his life crumbled after he finished college and struggled to find work as a mechanic, his sister has revealed.
The jobless father-of-four is accused of driving a hire van into a crown of worshippers in Finsbury Park in early hours of Monday morning before jumping out and shouting: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims – I did my bit’.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline his sister Nicola, 50, said: ‘Darren was sent to rehab about 20 years ago to try to help him over his drug and alcohol problems.
‘He was sent to one of the best clinics in the country. The kind of place where the rich and famous go to get treatment. It was all paid for by the social [services].
Downward spiral: Darren Osborne, pictured, 47, a father-of-four, is accused of driving an £80-a-day hire van into worshippers in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday morning
‘Devoted dad’: Neighbours have said the father-of-four is close to his children, two of which [they mean whom – Ed] are pictured with him and his mother, Christine Osborne, 72, right
Troubled: Osbourne’s sister Nicola said the jobless 47-year-old, pictured with his ex-partner Sarah Andrews, 42, left and his mother Christine, right, spent time in rehab for drug addiction
Rehab: Osborne, pictured, was sent to one of the top clinics in the in the country to deal with his addiction to drink and drugs, his sister Nicola, told MailOnline
Concerns: Nicola, 50, pictured, said that her brother, the mosque terror suspect Osborne stole their blind great-grandfather’s wallet in Weston-super-Mare when he was around ten
Nicola, a mother-of-four, 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 he was reported to police by his own mother Christine, who was outraged when she discovered he tried to steal his family member’s wallet.
Speaking after their mother said she was not ‘going to defend’ her son when she described the incident as an ‘atrocity’, his sister said her brother was ‘never normal’.
She said: ‘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.
‘He tried to steal ten quid from our Grandpy when he was only little. And it was our mum who called the police. It was temptation. Grandpy was old, about 90 and blind.’
Holding back tears Nicola, an artist, told of her shock and outrage when she learned that brother Darren had allegedly deliberately driven at a group of Muslim worshippers returning home from prayer on Sunday night.
Family: Osbourne is pictured as a young boy growing up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, with his older sister Nicola and their mother Christine, right
Happier times: A young Darren Osborne is pictured in front of a Christmas tree and with his sister Nicola, right, who said it has been ‘difficult’ having him as a brother
Shock: Osborn’s mother Christine, 72, pictured, has said she is ‘sorry for what’s happened’, adding: ‘I’m not going to defend him but you know he’s my son and it’s a terrible terrible shock.
Split: Sarah Andrew, pictured, is the mother of Osborne’s four children aged between five and 16. She lived with him in Cardiff before they separated around six months ago
But she revealed that her younger brother had been suicidal in recent weeks, and had asked to be taken into psychiatric care following the latest break-up with his on-off partner Sarah Andrews, 42.
Nicola revealed: ‘He tried to kill himself six, eight weeks ago. He threw himself into the river in Cardiff.
‘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: ‘I thought when he found his partner that he would be alright, that she would save him, but that’s gone wrong too.
‘They have always been on and off. I was sure they would get back together.
‘I feel so sorry for her and the kids. He has three beautiful daughters and a son.’
However 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.
‘He is not well but I’m angry with him. I am his complete opposite. I am interested and admire Asian and eastern culture.’
His mother Christine, 72, has said she is ‘sorry for what’s happened’, adding: ‘I’m not going to defend him but you know he’s my son and it’s a terrible terrible shock. It’s not just robbing the bank, it’s an atrocity. At this moment in time I can’t cope with it’.
Police were forced to hold back crowds as the Finsbury Park attacker was arrested and put in the back of a van following this morning’s terror attack
Police are searching the property as part of the investigation into the Finsbury Park attack. Only one arrest has been made
Today, police were seen standing guard outside a house in Cardiff home, which Osborne is believed to have previously shared with his partner Sarah and their four children
This is the Hollybush pub in Pentwyn, Cardiff, where drinkers have claimed that Osborne was thrown out on Saturday night
Path of destruction: Osborne is accused of using a £80-a-day van rented in south Wales as a weapon to run down a group of Muslims including at least one in a wheelchair
His sister said she cannot bear to watch the videos of his arrest and said: ‘I feel terribly sorry for all of the families hurt by this and for our family too — my mum is going to be broken for life. He’s not interested in terrorism. I am very sorry for what’s happened’.
Osbourne split from the mother of his children Sarah Andrews, 42, six months ago, and was living in a tent in some South Wales woodland.
Friends have described him as a ‘bloody psycho’ who had a reputation for drunken fights – one neighbour said the unemployed mechanic was always arguing with people in the street and said: ‘He’s always been a complete c*** – but this is surprising’.
He was known as ‘Mr Moody’ in the suburb of Cardiff where he had a volatile on-off relationship with the mother of his four children Ms Andrews, who left him six months ago.
He frequently spends nights in a small tent in woodland near his family’s three-bed home – or would sometimes even camp in the tiny back garden.
Jobless Osborne installed a hot tub in garden earlier this year and whiled away the hours downing cans of lager.
He was last seen buying bags laden with alcohol from the local Aldi less than ten hours before he allegedly launched the Finsbury Park terror attack.
A neighbour told MailOnline: ‘He was buying wine and beer and seemed agitated but that was nothing knew. He was often drunk and cuckoo. We know him around here as Mr Moody.
‘The van he’d hired from Pontyclun was parked outside. He has never been someone you’d necessarily want to spend much time with but none of us would ever have thought him capable of such awful violence.’
She said she was startled by Osborne emerging from the bushes early in the morning two weeks ago after he’d spent the night under canvas in woodland adjoining the housing development.
Police are investigating a suspected terror attack after this hired van ploughed into people outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London, in what has been described as a ‘deliberate and horrific terror attack on innocent people’
Footage shows the alleged driver of the van being arrested at the scene and bundled into a police van – he screamed ‘kill me’ in the hope witnesses to his Islamophobic attack would seek retribution
Shocking: This is the moment the Finsbury Park mosque terror suspect turned to the crowd from inside the van and was filmed blowing a kiss to them and said: ‘I want to kill all Muslims – I did my bit’
The woman, in her 40s who asked not to be named, said: ‘It was very early, about 7am, and i was walking my dog when Darren suddenly jumped out of the bushes in front of me. He saw i was scared and said ‘Sorry love, I’m not stalking you, I promise.’ Then he was off back into the woods to his tent I suppose.’
A neighbour said he saw Osbourne sleeping in the hire van 24 hours before the attack.
Edward Gardiner, who lives on Osborne’s estate, said he alerted police on Sunday after finding him ‘smelling strongly of alcohol’.
South Wales Police confirmed officers attended, adding: ‘Their assessment was that no offences were disclosed.’