Friday 25 May 2018

Lee Rigby case: Muslim fanatic said he killed soldier in 'most humane way he could'

Fusilier 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


An Islamist fanatic admitted trying to decapitate Drummer Lee Rigby because “the most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular”, a jury has heard.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, told police he was not sure “how I struck the first blow” but added “I struck at the neck and attempted to remove the head”.

He said soldiers were a “most fair target” but revealed 25-year-old Mr Rigby died because he was simply the first soldier they spotted and it was as if “Allah had chosen him”.

The comments came during a fourth interview with police ten days after Fusilier Rigby was allegedly run over with a car and then hacked to death close to his Woolwich barracks in south east London.

It was the first time the jury in the Old Bailey murder trial had heard Adebolajo admit to killing Mr Rigby, as footage of the interview was played in court.

Later, a detective told the jury how police on the day of the alleged murder feared “others” were waiting to carry out further attacks.

Wearing a blue blanket over his head while being questioned by officers, Adebolajo said he and his co-accused, Michael Adebowale, had sat in wait near the barracks and “it just so happened that he was the soldier that was spotted first”.

“It was almost as if Allah had chosen him.”

He said he had previously thought how it would be possible to kill someone by driving in to them and when he crossed the road in front of him “it was almost as if I was not in control of myself. I accelerated, I hit him”.

He said he did not wish to give Mr Rigby much pain and could see he was still alive.

He could not remember how he made the first blow but said: “I had concluded many, many years ago that the most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular,” adding: “So I struck at the neck and attempted to remove the head.”

He said the attack was not a “vendetta” against Mr Rigby’s family but admitted it had caused them “heartache”.

He said in the war between Muslims and the British people soldier was “the most fair target because he joins the army with kind of an understanding that your life is at risk."

After the interview was played, David Gottlieb, for Abebolajo, asked detective constable Dhuval Bhatt why officers had held an urgent interview with the 28-year-old in the wake of the killing.

He told the court: "It was believed that there were others out there who may be planning attacks."

Adebolajo and Adebowale, 22, deny murder as well as attempting to murder a police officer and conspiracy to murder a police officer.

The trial continues.

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