Lee Rigby killers expected to get whole life sentence next week

Michael Adebolajo

Michael Adebowale

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SOLDIER Lee Rigby's killers will be sentenced next week and look set to be jailed for life following a landmark court ruling.

It has been announced the sentencing of Michael Adebolajo, aged 28, of Oakwood Close, Hither Green, and Michael Adebowale, aged 22, of Thames Street, Greenwich, will take place at the Old Bailey on Wednesday February 26 at 2pm.

The announcement comes just hours after Court of Appeal judges gave a crucial ruling backing the imposition of whole-life tariffs in cases involving the most "heinous" murders.

Trial judge Mr Justice Sweeney had put the sentencing of Adebowale and Adebolajo on hold pending the ruling on whole-life orders by a panel of five judges in London, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas.

The Rigby killers' sentencing had been delayed until after the ruling.

British Muslim converts Adebolajo, 29, and Adebowale, 22, ran Fusilier Rigby down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack.

They dumped his body in the middle of the road near Woolwich Barracks on May 22 last year.

After they were convicted at the Old Bailey in December, t he verdicts - which took the jury just 90 minutes to reach - provoked widespread condemnation of the attack from high-profile figures including the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Theresa May.

Adebolajo, a married father of six, and Adebowale lay in wait near Woolwich Barracks and picked 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby to kill after assuming he was a soldier because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

After driving into the young father in their Vauxhall Tigra, the killers - who had armed themselves with eight knives, including a meat cleaver and a five-piece set bought by Adebolajo the previous day - butchered him in the street in front of horrified onlookers.

One witness described their actions, yards from Mulgrave Primary School, as being ''like a butcher attacking a joint of meat''.

The jury of eight women and four men sat through weeks of evidence including shocking footage of Adebolajo with bloodied hands confessing to the killing and claiming his actions were ''an eye for an eye''.

Both men were shot by police in dramatic scenes captured by CCTV.

Adebolajo was seen dropping the meat cleaver as he sprinted across the road towards a police car, collapsing to the ground when he was shot.

Adebowale, who moved along a wall to draw fire from the officers, was seen folding over as he was shot by one of three armed officers.

Both men asked to be called by their adopted Islamic names in court - Adebolajo as Mujahid Abu Hamza, and Adebowale as Ismail Ibn Abdullah - and claimed they carried out the murder because they were ''soldiers of Allah''.

The jury was told this was no defence in law to the charge.

The men were cleared of the attempted murder of a police officer, and had previously admitted possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

It was recently announced that Adebolajo has lodged an application to appeal against his conviction.

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9:55am Wed 19 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

Just bring back hanging.

The Lee Rigby killers want the death penalty, so everyone's a winner.

At present the Lee Rigby killers face a lifetime of luxury in one of her Her Majesty's holiday camps, with free accommodation, heating, hot water, electricity, food, TV, Playstation, gym facilities, and all at a vast cost to the taxpayer, many of whom are struggling to afford these luxuries themselves partly because of the tax bill to accommodate criminals and the work shy.

Oh well, the public voted for this....
Just bring back hanging. The Lee Rigby killers want the death penalty, so everyone's a winner. At present the Lee Rigby killers face a lifetime of luxury in one of her Her Majesty's holiday camps, with free accommodation, heating, hot water, electricity, food, TV, Playstation, gym facilities, and all at a vast cost to the taxpayer, many of whom are struggling to afford these luxuries themselves partly because of the tax bill to accommodate criminals and the work shy. Oh well, the public voted for this.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 15

11:35am Wed 19 Feb 14

paulbexleyheath says...

SidcupResident wrote:
Just bring back hanging.

The Lee Rigby killers want the death penalty, so everyone's a winner.

At present the Lee Rigby killers face a lifetime of luxury in one of her Her Majesty's holiday camps, with free accommodation, heating, hot water, electricity, food, TV, Playstation, gym facilities, and all at a vast cost to the taxpayer, many of whom are struggling to afford these luxuries themselves partly because of the tax bill to accommodate criminals and the work shy.

Oh well, the public voted for this....
public hanging i think.
ticket only affair.
15 million tickets only .
should be a full house that day
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: Just bring back hanging. The Lee Rigby killers want the death penalty, so everyone's a winner. At present the Lee Rigby killers face a lifetime of luxury in one of her Her Majesty's holiday camps, with free accommodation, heating, hot water, electricity, food, TV, Playstation, gym facilities, and all at a vast cost to the taxpayer, many of whom are struggling to afford these luxuries themselves partly because of the tax bill to accommodate criminals and the work shy. Oh well, the public voted for this....[/p][/quote]public hanging i think. ticket only affair. 15 million tickets only . should be a full house that day paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 15

2:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.
Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 47

2:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ron.1952 says...

I would like to ask the above two commenters if we should bring our knitting to do while we all watch and if it would be OK to dip out hankies in any blood or bodily fluids spilled. Just like in the good old days back around a few hundred years ago.


Ronny
I would like to ask the above two commenters if we should bring our knitting to do while we all watch and if it would be OK to dip out hankies in any blood or bodily fluids spilled. Just like in the good old days back around a few hundred years ago. Ronny ron.1952
  • Score: -47

2:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.
Their families have done nothing wrong. From what I have read in the national media, their families are as appalled as are the vast majority of us.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.[/p][/quote]Their families have done nothing wrong. From what I have read in the national media, their families are as appalled as are the vast majority of us. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -21

5:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote: Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.
Their families have done nothing wrong. From what I have read in the national media, their families are as appalled as are the vast majority of us.
Well Michael Adebolajo's brother has actually supported his brother's actions.

http://news.sky.com/
story/1185054/adebol
ajos-brother-refuses
-to-condemn-murder

Adebolajo's also has the support of his mates in the UAF:

http://m.youtube.com
/watch?v=zCQNLDhrskA
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.[/p][/quote]Their families have done nothing wrong. From what I have read in the national media, their families are as appalled as are the vast majority of us.[/p][/quote]Well Michael Adebolajo's brother has actually supported his brother's actions. http://news.sky.com/ story/1185054/adebol ajos-brother-refuses -to-condemn-murder Adebolajo's also has the support of his mates in the UAF: http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=zCQNLDhrskA SidcupResident
  • Score: 35

11:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.
Their families have done nothing wrong. From what I have read in the national media, their families are as appalled as are the vast majority of us.
Think You have been misinformed along the line. Anyway, who wants the likes of these pair of scum bags off spring festering of the backs of the taxpayer in this country whilst daddy is sitting pretty in her ma j's hotel, lavishing it up at our expense and further laughing in the face of Christians? The mere thought of that is bad enough. No doubt their wives/partners will all be on benefits and claiming for all they can especially with all those kids in tow, who do you think will end up paying, not them two scum bags.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if they did a stretch in pentonville, where the only available warden can find a nice rat infested cell which will be dark and damp, well away from civilisation of any kind, with no lighting and no luxuries to boot, then just leave the buggers there to rot permanently. No one would miss them and no one would be worried as they are non entities anyway. As for the family, before they think of crying to the human rights section, should be put on a boat or plane back to the land of allah, and see how well they will cope there.[/p][/quote]Their families have done nothing wrong. From what I have read in the national media, their families are as appalled as are the vast majority of us.[/p][/quote]Think You have been misinformed along the line. Anyway, who wants the likes of these pair of scum bags off spring festering of the backs of the taxpayer in this country whilst daddy is sitting pretty in her ma j's hotel, lavishing it up at our expense and further laughing in the face of Christians? The mere thought of that is bad enough. No doubt their wives/partners will all be on benefits and claiming for all they can especially with all those kids in tow, who do you think will end up paying, not them two scum bags. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 47

8:19am Thu 20 Feb 14

ELVIS83 says...

Let them stay in a cell with mirrors so they can see how ugly they are for life, there faces offend my eyes how any of them had a girlfriend I don't know.
Let them stay in a cell with mirrors so they can see how ugly they are for life, there faces offend my eyes how any of them had a girlfriend I don't know. ELVIS83
  • Score: 18

6:27am Fri 21 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

ron.1952 wrote:
I would like to ask the above two commenters if we should bring our knitting to do while we all watch and if it would be OK to dip out hankies in any blood or bodily fluids spilled. Just like in the good old days back around a few hundred years ago.


Ronny
Not unless you're hoping to catch some nasty disease from them. By all means bring yer knitting.....whateve
r rocks yer boat like.
[quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: I would like to ask the above two commenters if we should bring our knitting to do while we all watch and if it would be OK to dip out hankies in any blood or bodily fluids spilled. Just like in the good old days back around a few hundred years ago. Ronny[/p][/quote]Not unless you're hoping to catch some nasty disease from them. By all means bring yer knitting.....whateve r rocks yer boat like. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 14

8:39am Fri 21 Feb 14

bobbi beauty says...

lets give these two a taste of british justice as we boo them off to prison where they will rot in their cells! is anyone joining us? gypojoe? i'll keep a place for you on the pavement and you can tell me what you been doing! kisses blown in the meantime xxx lol
lets give these two a taste of british justice as we boo them off to prison where they will rot in their cells! is anyone joining us? gypojoe? i'll keep a place for you on the pavement and you can tell me what you been doing! kisses blown in the meantime xxx lol bobbi beauty
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