Lee Rigby's killers to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today

News Shopper: Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, mowed the young soldier down in a car before hacking him to death in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich barracks in south-east London on May 22 last year. Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, mowed the young soldier down in a car before hacking him to death in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich barracks in south-east London on May 22 last year.

THE two Muslim fanatics who murdered soldier Lee Rigby will be sentenced at the Old Bailey today.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, mowed the young soldier down in a car before hacking him to death in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich barracks in south-east London on May 22 last year.

They could face whole life jail terms after a key appeal court ruling last month found that the sentences can be used by UK judges.

Mr Justice Sweeney waited until after the decision to tell British-born Adebolajo and Adebowale their fate.

During their Old Bailey trial last year, Adebowale, from Greenwich, south-east London, offered no evidence in his defence, but Adebolajo, from Romford, Essex, gave a rambling testimony during which he told the jury he loved al Qaida.

He claimed that they were "soldiers of Allah" and had carried out the sickening killing as revenge for abuse of Muslims abroad.

They chose Fusilier Rigby, 25, as their victim because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top that day, and they assumed he was a soldier.

After the pair were convicted at the Old Bailey in December, Adebolajo kissed his Koran and raised it into the air as he and his accomplice were led down to the cells.

Fusilier Rigby's family, who were praised for their dignity throughout the trial, welcomed the killers' convictions.

His mother Lyn said: "We are satisfied that justice has been served, but unfortunately no amount of justice will ever bring Lee back."

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9:43am Wed 26 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

You'll no doubt know my views regarding these waste of space scum bags. Jails too good for them, they deserve being hung in cages to rot in some desolate field, and providing free pickings for any starving animal roaming about, as used to happen centuries ago. Allah would be so proud!
You'll no doubt know my views regarding these waste of space scum bags. Jails too good for them, they deserve being hung in cages to rot in some desolate field, and providing free pickings for any starving animal roaming about, as used to happen centuries ago. Allah would be so proud! sarfflondonbird

10:26am Wed 26 Feb 14

concerned.erith says...

these ba$tards should hang and their famillies kicked out of this country.
these ba$tards should hang and their famillies kicked out of this country. concerned.erith

11:22am Wed 26 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

The shocking thing although most of the British public believe these people should hang, there will still probably be a load of Michael Adebolajo's mates/'useful idiots' from the UAF turning up outside court calling for his release.
It baffles me why David Cameron still lists himself as a supporter of the UAF, and gives them state funding....

http://m.youtube.com
/watch?v=zCQNLDhrskA


Leading the protests will probably be Michael Adebolajo's brother who still refuses to condemn the murder.

http://news.sky.com/
story/1185054/adebol
ajos-brother-refuses
-to-condemn-murder
The shocking thing although most of the British public believe these people should hang, there will still probably be a load of Michael Adebolajo's mates/'useful idiots' from the UAF turning up outside court calling for his release. It baffles me why David Cameron still lists himself as a supporter of the UAF, and gives them state funding.... http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=zCQNLDhrskA Leading the protests will probably be Michael Adebolajo's brother who still refuses to condemn the murder. http://news.sky.com/ story/1185054/adebol ajos-brother-refuses -to-condemn-murder SidcupResident

11:51am Wed 26 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

If the police had used a .45 round instead of 9mm we wouldn't have needed all the expense of a trial and a life in the jail system where they no doubt will be a pain in the arse for the prison service..
If the police had used a .45 round instead of 9mm we wouldn't have needed all the expense of a trial and a life in the jail system where they no doubt will be a pain in the arse for the prison service.. Gypo.Joe

1:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SidcupResident says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
If the police had used a .45 round instead of 9mm we wouldn't have needed all the expense of a trial and a life in the jail system where they no doubt will be a pain in the arse for the prison service..
If they'd been shot dead there'd be a public enquiry and 'local communities' rioting as was the case with Lee Duggan.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If the police had used a .45 round instead of 9mm we wouldn't have needed all the expense of a trial and a life in the jail system where they no doubt will be a pain in the arse for the prison service..[/p][/quote]If they'd been shot dead there'd be a public enquiry and 'local communities' rioting as was the case with Lee Duggan. SidcupResident

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