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Finsbury Park right-wing terrorist ‘vulnerable’ after prison attack blinds him in one eye

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Darren Osborne was jailed for life after he drove a rental van into a crowd near Finsbury Park Mosque in London, killing one man and injuring nine others. While serving his 43-year minimum term for the crime, Osborne was attacked by fellow inmate and convicted murderer Patrick Chandler at HMP Full Sutton, a court has heard.

Chandler launched his “unprovoked” attack on the 47-year-old extremist at the high security prison’s sports pitch on August 7 last year, reports HullLive.

Using a makeshift blade fashioned from a wood tool, Chandler repeatedly stabbed Osborne in the head, arm and torso at the prison, near York.

He used such force that the weapon snapped in his hand leaving part of it embedded in Osborne’s forehead.

Hull Crown Court heard how Chandler, 48, was serving a sentence for murder and attempted murder at the time of the attack.

He was caged for life for a minimum of 18 years for the murder of John Comer in Manningtree, Essex, in 2017.

A further 10 years were later added to his sentence after he attacked another inmate at a prison in Chelmsford, Essex.

His latest attack has led to another eight years being added to his already lengthy sentence, meaning that he has doubled his jail time with his behaviour in prison.

Judge Sophie McKone told him he would not be eligible for parole until 2056 – when he will be 83.

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She told the court that she recognised he was already facing a long spell in jail, but that without further punishment for last summer’s offence he would have “no motivation to not continue to behave this way”.

She added: “You clearly ruminate on perceived wrongs and then make a calculated decision to act violently, and that makes you very dangerous.”

The prosecution told the court that Chandler’s attack left far-right extremist Osborne with “significant” and “permanent damage” to his eye.

It also left him with permanent tissue damage to his arm.

“Understandably he has been affected – mentally and adversely – by your attack, and feels more vulnerable because of it,” the judge said.

Chandler, of Full Sutton, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and having a sharpened instrument in prison at an earlier hearing.

His offence was deemed the most serious category due to the pre-meditated nature and the extent of Osborne’s injuries, meaning another life sentence was on the cards.

But Kevin Blount, defending Chandler, told the court that a further life sentence behind bars would wipe away “any glimmer of hope” he had of being a free man.

Osborne, originally from south Wales, was radicalised after reading far-right ideology online – including by EDL founder Tommy Robison and Britain First.

In February 2018 he was sentenced to concurrent whole life terms for the murder of Makram Ali and the attempted murders of numerous others.

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