LONDON — British prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that a man accused of driving into worshippers outside a London mosque looked at emails and social media messages written by far-right activists before the attack.
The prosecutors alleged during 48-year-old Darren Osborne’s trial that searches for English Defense League founder Tommy Robinson and Britain First leader Paul Golding were found on Osborne’s computer.
A prosecutor read jurors a screenshot that warned of a nation built on “hatred, on violence and on Islam.”
Testimony indicated that the unemployed Osborne showed a hateful attitude toward Muslims at a pub near his hometown of Cardiff, Wales, shortly before the attack.
A member of the British Army, Callum Spence, said Osborne told pubgoers, “I’m going to kill all Muslims” and “Muslims are all terrorists.”
Pub worker Angelo Lamberti told jurors he had overheard Osborne telling Spence that he was also a soldier. When Spence queried his regiment, Osborne responded, “you will find out tomorrow.”
Osborne is accused of driving into a crowd of people leaving Ramadan prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque in June. A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali, was killed and nine people were injured. Osborne has pleaded innocent to murder and attempted murder charges.
The rampage closely followed deadly attacks in Manchester, England, and on London Bridge attributed to radicalized Muslims.
Osborne’s estranged partner, Sarah Andrews, described him as a “total loner” who became “brainwashed” after watching a television show about a case in which Muslim men sexually exploited women and girls in the U.K.