A terrorist who went on a murderous rampage when believers came out of the mosque could lose his sight in one eye after a brutal attack by a fellow inmate, a court heard.
Hull live reports Darren Osborne, who drove a van in People Leaving a Mosque, was left with permanent damage to his right eye after he was stabbed to death by convicted killer Patrick Chandler in an attack on HMP Full Sutton.
A court heard Chandler use a blade made from a sharpened wooden tool to stab Osborne in the head, arm and torso, attacking him so hard that the weapon snapped in his hand, leaving part of it in Osborne’s forehead.
Osborne is currently serving a minimum 43 year sentence behind bars for the terrorist attack that killed one man, Makram Ali, and injured nine other people outside Finsbury Park Mosque in June 2017.
He previously lived in Pentwyn, Cardiff. You can find out more about Osborne here.
This week, Hull Crown Court heard 48-year-old Chandler launch the vicious attack on Osborne while serving two sentences for murder and attempted murder.
Chandler was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years’ life imprisonment in 2017 for the murder of John Comer in Manningtree, Essex, before being later extended for another 10 years after assaulting another inmate in a Chelmsford prison.
But the attack on terrorist Osborne has now put him behind bars for another eight years, which means that his behavior in prison has already doubled his prison term.
A judge told him that he would not be eligible for parole until 2056 – when he turns 83.
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Prosecutors told the court that Chandler’s attack left right-wing Osborne with “significant” and “permanent damage” to the eye.
Her Honorary Judge McKone said Osborne was “very afraid of losing sight in his right eye,” and while a full recovery was expected, he may need a glass eye in the future.
The attack also left him with permanent tissue damage on his arm.
“Understandably, he was affected – mentally and adversely – by your attack and feels more vulnerable as a result,” said the judge.
Chandler, of Full Sutton, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury and having a sharpened instrument in prison at an earlier hearing.
His misdemeanor was classified as the most serious category due to the deliberate nature and extent of Osborne’s injuries, which meant that another life sentence was at stake.
But Kevin Blount, who was defending Chandler, told the court that another life sentence behind bars would erase “any glimmer of hope” he had of being a free man.
Judge McKone sentenced the defendant to an additional eight years and said that she recognized that he was facing a long prison sentence, but that without further punishment for last summer’s offense, he would “have no motivation to stop acting”.
She told him, “You are clearly brooding over perceived injustices and then making a calculated decision to act violently and that makes you very dangerous.”
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