Saturday 16 December 2017

Lee Rigby murder trial set to start in coming days

Fusilier Lee Rigby was attacked and stabbed to death
Fusilier Lee Rigby was attacked and stabbed to death

Jamie Grierson

The trial of two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby is to start in the next few days, a court has heard.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, will stand trial at the Old Bailey following the conclusion of legal submissions.

They are charged with murdering the fusilier as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.

They are also each accused of attempting to murder a police officer on the same day, and conspiracy to murder a police officer on or before that day.

Adebolajo, wearing a black shirt, and Adebowale, in a blue tracksuit jacket, appeared in the dock in oak-panelled Court 2, separated by security guards.

Mr Justice Sweeney told the court the trial would start in the "next few days".

Father-of-one Fusilier Rigby, 25, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, died of multiple cut and stab wounds when he was attacked as he returned to the barracks after spending the day at the Tower of London.

Adebolajo, from Romford in Essex, has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale, from Greenwich, south east London, has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.

Press Association

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