Friday 18 October 2019

Man accused of soldier's murder appears in court

A man accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby has appeared in court amid tight security.

Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south east London, was flanked by two police officers and two security guards in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday.

He is accused of murdering Drummer Rigby on May 22, as well as possession of a firearm, a 9.4mm KNIL Model 91 Revolver, with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.

Handcuffed Adebowale, wearing a grey sweater and white trousers, was told that he did not need to stand up in the dock because he was injured after being shot by police.

Asked to confirm his name, address and date of birth, Adebowale calmly replied: "Yes."

Bethan David, specialist prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) counter-terrorism division, told the court the charges fell under the jurisdiction of terrorism legislation. He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the short hearing, and will next appear at the Old Bailey on June 3.

Irish Independent

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