She claimed he was “disturbed” and had been on medication for mental health problems. She said she had recognised him straightaway in television reports, describing it as “every mother’s worst nightmare”.
“My son is no terrorist — he’s just a man with problems and I don’t know how to cope with all this”, she told The Sun.
Neighbours described Mrs Osborne as “long-suffering”. One said: “Christine is a great grandmother – Darren’s nephew stays a lot.
“Darren’s not had a bad life. He’s had quite a privileged life. He’s had more options than a lot of people.”
His former drinking partners described him as a “loveable mentalist”.
His sister, Nicola Osborne, 50, said her brother had been “troubled for a long time.”
She added: “Sorry is not a word that you can use really. I’m sorry that my brother has been that troubled that it has taken him to that level of troubledness.”
She insisted he was “not interested in terrorism”.
A complex family life
Osborne left Weston-Super-Mare several years ago and moved to a terraced house in Pentwyn, Cardiff with his partner, children and two dogs.