Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lee Rigby murder trial: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale found guilty of murdering soldier

Michael Adebolajo was one of the men convicted of killing Lee Rigby
Michael Adebolajo was one of the men convicted of killing Lee Rigby
Fusilier Lee Rigby
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of the two men accused of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) during their trial at the Old Bailey in central London. Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

The two men accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby have been found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, killed Fusilier Rigby by running him down in a car and then hacking him to death near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on May 22.

They both previously denied murder under the claim that they are “soldiers of Allah” engaged in a war, although the judge made clear that this is no legal defence.

The pair were found not guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer.

The jury took just an hour and a half to reach its verdict.

The family of the murdered soldier wept in court as the verdicts were announced.

Standing in front of journalists, Michael Adebolajo kissed Koran as he was taken to the court cells.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, killed Fusilier Rigby by running him down in a car and then hacking him to death near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on May 22.

They both previously denied murder under the claim that they are “soldiers of Allah” engaged in a war, although the judge made clear that this is no legal defence.

The pair were found not guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer.

The jury took just an hour and a half to reach its verdict.

The family of the murdered soldier wept in court as the verdicts were announced.

Standing in front of journalists, Michael Adebolajo kissed Koran as he was taken to the court cells.

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