Friday 30 September 2016

Angel of Woolwich: confronting Lee Rigby's killers ruined my life

Published 23/05/2016 | 11:55

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett confronted killer Michael Adebolajo who still had a knife in his hand Credit: Sky News/Twitter
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett confronted killer Michael Adebolajo who still had a knife in his hand Credit: Sky News/Twitter
Michael Adebolajo (L) and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the murder of the British soldier Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The woman dubbed ‘the Angel of Woolwich’ after confronting Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers says her moment of bravery has ended up ruining her life.

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Ingrid Loyau-Kennett has been left battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety attacks and is terrified to leave her home.

Michael Adebolajo (L) and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the murder of the British soldier Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Michael Adebolajo (L) and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the murder of the British soldier Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Yesterday was the third anniversary of the day that the young soldier was run down and butchered on the streets of Woolwich by Islamic extremists.

Ms Loyau-Kennett jumped off a bus travelling past the scene and confronted ringleader Michael Adebolajo as he clutched a bloodied knife following the attack.

She’s since received a host of awards for her extraordinary courage that day.

But the former teacher, from Helston, Cornwall, told the Sun she is now jobless and battling PTSD and has given up her old hobbies as a scout header, bell ringer and chorister.

"Every day I had an activity. Now it’s the complete emptiness around me. I can’t stop sleeping, I just don’t wake up,” she said.

“I recently lost three stone and have a list of medication longer than my arm.”

She said doctors have not helped her and complained: “I feel sick, poor and isolated. What’s the point in being a hero if I don’t see it in my everyday life?”

Adebolajo, 32, is serving a whole life term while his accomplice Michael Adebowale, 24, is serving at least 45 years for the murder.

However, Ms Loyau-Kennett believes Adebowale should not have been handed such a harsh sentence.

 “He didn’t have one drop of blood on him. He should spend 10 years in rehabilitation. He is so mentally ill he shouldn’t be put with killers,” she told the Sun.

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