Two guilty of Lee Rigby murder

BBC News
19 December 2013

Two men have been found guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London in May.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, struck Fusilier Rigby with a car before hacking him to death.

Adebolajo had claimed he was a “soldier of Allah” and the killing was an act of war.

The men were found not guilty of attempting to murder a police officer at the scene.

The Old Bailey jury of eight women and four men took approximately 90 minutes to reach its verdicts.

They had heard that Adebolajo and Adebowale drove a car into Fusilier Rigby at 30-40mph, before dragging him into the road and attacking him with knives and attempting to decapitate him with a meat cleaver…

…In a police interview Adebolajo said he and Adebowale decided to lie in wait near the barracks and targeted Fusilier Rigby because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

The attack occurred on a busy street, witnessed by shocked onlookers. A number of women – such as Amanda Donnelly-Martin – approached Fusilier Rigby, who was lying in the road, and attempted to comfort him, but he was already dead.

Adebolajo handed Ms Donnelly-Martin a handwritten letter containing a speech about fighting “Allah’s enemies” and bringing “carnage” to London’s streets.

The murderers were also armed with a gun – 90 years old and unloaded – which they used to frighten off members of the public before armed police arrived at the scene….


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