Darren Osborne, 47, is accused of driving over people worshipping outside of a mosque in North London on Monday.
The suspect’s sister, Nicola, 50, told MailOnline that her brother was a deeply troubled individual who was “never normal,” and that he tried to kill himself six to eight weeks ago by throwing himself in 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 said.
Ms. Osborne told the Evening Standard, “He’s not political. He wouldn’t even know who the Prime Minister is. I’ve never heard him say anything about Muslims or anything racist,” but MailOnline reported that hours earlier Osborne was thrown out of his local pub after “a drunken night where he started ‘cursing Muslims’ and vowing to ‘do some damage’.”
The people Osborne is accused of driving over were outside of a mosque helping Makram Ali, 52, who died in front of his 26-year-old daughter. A 17-year-old boy is said to be in a coma after being struck by the van Obsborne was driving, and The Guardian reported 11 injured.
Obsborne split from the mother of his four children six months ago, and was reportedly living in a tent in some South Wales woodland.