Feb 26, 2014 – British Soldier Killer In Woolwich, Michael Adebolajo Jailed For Life; Adebowale Sentenced To 45 Years In Jail
Nigerian-British Michael Adebolajo Jailed For Life: British Soldier Lee Rigby’s Killers In Woolwich Sentenced
2 British men of Nigerian descent who murdered a British soldier last year in South London have been sentenced.
29-year-old Michael Adebolajo the main murderer was handed a life sentence while his accomplice, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale gets 45 years in jail over Lee Rigby’s murder.
The Old Bailey court gave the verdict today in London, England.
On the 22nd of May 2013, the two beheaded Lee Rigby in Woolwich, S-E London in what they described as “an act of holy war against infidels”.
The two were absent during the verdict as they were ordered out after shouting and scuffling with security guards.
While sentencing the killers, Mr Justice Sweeney said they were convicted on overwhelming evidence of the barbaric murder of the soldier.
Sweeney said the men carried out the murder in a way that would generate maximum media coverage.
He added that Adebolajo was the leader of the “joint enterprise’’ and was aided by Adebowale “enthusiastically.
“He (Rigby) had done absolutely nothing to deserve what you did to him.
“You both gloried in what you had done. Your sickening and pitiful conduct was in stark contrast to the women at the scene who tended to Lee Rigby’s body and challenged what you had done.
“This was a murder with a terrorist connection,’’ Sweeney said.
Michael Adebolajo and Adebowale’ sentence has opened up new debate on the safety of British soldiers within the UK, and issues concerning home grown terrorists.