Monday, the Old Bailey trial of the two men accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, continued with testimony by one of the accused. The defence case for Adebolajo began in the morning.
As the trial
of the two men accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby in May continued at the Old Bailey, London, again the young man's widow,
Rebecca Rigby, eventually left the court in tears after hearing harrowing details of Lee's death.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, took the stand and was cross-examined by his defence lawyer in the morning and the prosecution in the afternoon, about events on May 22 which resulted in the brutal murder of Fusilier Rigby.
Under cross examination he told the court that he viewed himself as 'a soldier of Allah' and that "this is a war", plus for the first time during the trial, he admitted being responsible for the murder of Lee.
reports: Under cross examination by prosecutor Richard Whittam QC, Mr Adebolajo replied "yes" when he was asked if he had killed Fusilier Rigby, describing it as a "military operation". Adebolajo went on to say he "loved the extremist network al-Qaeda" although he told the court he did not personally know any person involved in that terror organisation.
The court heard a little of Adebolajo's background. According to the Daily Mirror
Adebolajo tells the court he has six children. His son Hamza is seven years old. He grew up in Romford. "I was born in Lambeth, King's College hospital, but most of my youth I was living in Romford." His favourite teacher at primary school was the PE teacher. "I remember she was the first person who ever taught me about Adolf Hitler. I learnt from that lesson there are some very wicked people in the world." Adebolajo added: "Generally speaking, most of my friends were Caucasian".
His parents are Christian and as a child he attended church each Sunday. He was brought up in the christian faith. With help he studied the Bible to an intensity which is rare these days. He attended Greenwich University and told the court that he officially became a Muslim in his first year of study.
He went on to talk in depth about his love of Allah and his Muslim faith. "When I came to Islam, I realised that real success is if you make it to Paradise. Then you can relax and have as much property as you want." Even before he became Muslim though he disagreed with British foreign policy.
Adebolajo, as anticipated, used the witness box, as a political sounding board for his extremist views. He detailed his beliefs in a calm and, it has to be said, intelligent manner. At one point he became emotional.
Questioning relating to the way Lee was killed and the actual events of that fateful day, led to Lee's widow leaving the court in tears. The family and friends of Lee have faced brutal days in court with witness statements and footage of the attack. The accused have had no contact with each other since the murder and have both remained in solitary confinement.
In cross examination
by Abbas Lakha QC, for Adebowale, Adebolajo confirmed there was no plan to kill a police officer, paramedic or member of the public.
Adebolajo said: "We knew whoever had the gun was more likely to obtain shahada [martyrdom]... this is as far as the discussion went." He said he did try to obtain ammunition before the attack but added: "This was not to harm anyone. This was maybe to control the crowd, take a shot in the air."
Richard Whittam QC asked Adebolajo which war he was fighting as a soldier of Allah, now that the Iraq war has ended: "The war continues, even to this day. It is a war between Islam and those militaries that invade Muslim lands," he had told the court earlier and went on to talk about Afghanistan.
What became clear today is that Adebolajo expected to die in the Woolwich attack and achieve martyrdom. Both men thought that soldiers would attend the scene of the attack and they would die in a fanciful blaze of glory, but instead it was police officers who responded to the emergency calls.
In court Monday Adebolajo was asked what he thinks should happen to him once the trial is complete. He replied, "As an enemy soldier I believe either I should be ransomed to my mujahid brothers or I should be set free or I should be killed.'"
The trial of the two men accused of brutally killing British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in May entered its fifth day Thursday. The court heard that Rigby was not the intended target, as any military person would have sufficed.
All along it seemed that Fusilier Lee Rigby was in the wrong place and at the wrong time rather than a direct target of this brutal attack.
Thursday the court heard how the two men accused of his murder waited close to the military barracks in Woolwich. CCTV footage showed Lee as he was returning to barracks wearing a Help For Heroes charity sweatshirt. It was filmed shortly before he was murdered.
In a police interview BBC News
reports Michael Adebolajo said he and co-accused Michael Adebowale decided to wait near the barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, for a serviceman. Any serviceman.
Rigby became their random target as he was "the soldier that was spotted first".
On several occasions since the trial began Friday members of Lee's family have left the court in tears
. The images and footage from the day of his death have been brutal. Hard to bear even for the jury but for loved ones of the victim unbearable final images.
Thursday the court viewed footage of a police interview with one of the accused in June.
In that interview "Mr Adebolajo , covered by a blue blanket with a copy of the Koran in front of him, said he had "set out determined that this way we will obey the command of Allah.".
During early police interviews Mr Adebolajo was all too willing to talk at length about the attack. He explained it was decided a member of the armed forces was the fairest target as "he joins the Army with kind of an understanding that your life is at risk".
When Lee crossed the path of the two men, Adebolajo said it felt as if Allah was directing the man toward them. Adebolajo described experiencing such a high, which spurred him on.
Warning - the following testimony by Adebolajo is graphic:
"When he [Lee Rigby] crossed the road in front of me so casually it was almost as if I was not in control of myself. I accelerated, I hit him and I think I also crashed into a sign post," he said.
The defendant continued: "We did not wish to give him much pain... I could see he was still alive. "We exited the vehicle and I am not sure how I struck the first blow. The most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular, this is what I believe, this is how we kill our animals in Islam.
"He may be my enemy but he is a man... so I struck at the neck and attempted to remove his head. He said he considered Fusilier Rigby the "non-Muslim version of myself and my brother Ismail".
In other footage shown to the court Adebolajo said there was little joy to approach anybody and slay them, he also shared his political and religious ideologies, condemning the protracted war in Afghanistan and British involvement. The men continue to deny murder charges allowing them their "day in court".
The trial continues Friday. Source BBC News
, Sky News
Celebrity chef, Nigella Lawson, daughter of senior Tory Nigel Lawson, was back in court again Thursday, with head held high, as the trial looked set to become a witch-hunt with Nigella in the dock, rather than the accused Grillo sisters.
The trial of sisters Francesca Grillo, 35, and Elisabetta Grillo, 41, who worked for Lawson for 10 years is complicated by their allegations. They claim that Nigella Lawson authorized their excessive spending on husband Charles Saatchi's credit cards, as an unspoken pay-off for their silence. They are charged with spending more than £685,000.
They allleged Lawson is or was a drug abuser
and an addict.
Ms Lawson denies she authorized any personal spending by the Grillo sisters.
reported Wednesday that Lawson told the court that she had used marijuana and cocaine in the past. She detailed the times but denied being an addict.
Back in court Thursday she was pale-faced and looking vulnerable but held her head high. She cut a dignified, almost tragic figure dressed in black. Her figure is slight these days. There was no sign of the bubbly, laughing Nigella who TV audiences love so much.
Ms Lawson told the court she was not proud that she had used drugs in the past. The Grillo sister's defence barrister, Karina Arden, accused Nigella of using the court case as a "damage limitation" exercise and a "vehicle to explain herself to the world's media".
Nigella denied that claim telling the court she did not want to attend the hearing at all because she had been "menaced". BBC News
reported from the trial Thursday:
"I [Lawson] felt that I would be put on trial," she said. "I felt it was my duty to come. I certainly felt it would be an unpleasant experience, but that's not a good enough reason not to do one's duty."
The court heard allegations that Ms Lawson was regularly visited by drug dealers at her home. Again it was claimed that she was a regular cocaine user. Nigella responded angrily. "If you think that I was going to sabotage my health and leave my children orphans you are very wrong," she said.
The intense questioning on Ms Lawson's alleged drug habits continued provoking her to say, "I really feel if you want to put me on trial, put me on trial. I don't feel it is right to have me here as a witness for the Crown and treat me like this."
Defence lawyer, Ms Arden, and Ms Lawson verbally crossed swords after comments about the celebrity chef and her status as "Lady of the House" and "domestic goddess".
The trial continues but Nigella finished giving evidence Thursday.
Driver dies in Scotland
Strong winds are battering the east coast of Britain. Breaking news reports two inshore lifeboats are helping evacuate residents from flooded bungalows in Rhyl, Denbighshire.
reported early Thrsday "A lorry driver has died after his vehicle was blown on top of two cars in West Lothian by high winds which have swept across Scotland". Later in the day another death was reported when a falling tree hit a passer-by who was riding a mobility-skooter. "The man
was struck by the tree when it fell during high winds in Kings' Park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, at 13:50".
The winds are moving south and a tidal storm surge is predicted this evening. It could be the worst for 30 years.
As evening arrives, many homes in Scotland are without electricity.
In Scotland warnings are in place and travel disrupted. Many rail services are cancelled. Winds of up to 100 mph have caused havoc. Flash flooding and fallen tress add to the disruption. "The Environment Agency expects 3,000 properties to be flooded within the next 24 hours".Some homes further south are being evacuated.
The east coast of England experienced a fatal tidal surge in the 1950's. People are being warned to prepare for the worst tidal surge since then.Tidal Barriers in Hull on the River Humber and London
are in operation. These defences did not exisit in the great tidal surge of '53.In hometown Hull a building on Clough Road collapsed in the strong winds.
Luckily there were no injuries but two cars were crushed and there is obvious structural damage. Details later.The annual Lincoln Christmas market opens today. If you are visiting check the latest travel reports before you set off.
On a personal level hubby went into Hull City Centre lunch-time and ended up blown to the ground. As a 6ft 2inch tall guy he is no light-weight but the wind as he took a corner blew him head over heels. He sustained minor, but painful, injuries and a bruised ego.Updates and weather warnings as availableMet Office weather warnings here
Thursday George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to the UK. Details will follow when the Chancellor gets to his feet in the House of Commons, scheduled for 11.15am GMT.Early predictions are that this statement or budget will not be an election giveaway. That said the 2015 General Election is on the minds of ministers and their expensive campaign managers so it will obviously play a part. Next year will be the big election budget so maybe George will choose to deliver low-blows this year in the hope he can add sweeteners next year and secure an election win. The government works on the principle that voters are fickle people with short memories and they could be right.One prediction in the media is that today's budget will shift the retirement up meaning young people will have to work further into old-age before they can retire and receive a pension. Much further. Plans to increase the pension age to 69 in 2046 are being brought f
orward to the 2030's and a further increase to 70 is expected. According to Tory rag The Telegraph
"The Chancellor aims to cut living costs, cap business rates, reduce welfare bill and squeeze Whitehall budgets". The 2013 Autumn Statement details will appear here shortly:
Osborne began by singing the praises of the coalition government and making wild claims, supported by the ONS, office of national statistics, that British growth is predicted to rise in the coming years. Attacks of the previous Labour government's record in office featured.Once again George said his budget would reward the hard working people of
the UK, again a slap in the face for the old, unemployed and vulnerable in the country.He acknowledged that "hard-working" people in the UK had tightened their belts and helped the economy. Drivel?
Details included:3.1m jobs forecast by 2019
.Unemployment to fall to 5.6% by 2018
. Expected in light off B of E boss Mark Carney changing the benchmark for setting interest rates. It is now linked to the rate of unemployment so mortgages will rise sooner than predicted.OBR does not expect a deficit by 2018/19.Govt borrowing will fall to less than £96bn in 2014
- I cannot hear anyone cheering this one.So the early part of the Autumn Statement as usual c
ontained a raft of predictions and figures which for most householders in the UK are meaningless. People want to know what this budget will do to their day to day living. Improve it or make it worse?Osborne in previous statements has rambled in this way for hours and then
put forward damaging changes at the 11th hour, catching the opposition on the hop. This was done previously with a tax on pensioners.The nitty gritty of the budget?
Opinion:Ed Balls the shadow chancellor replied. As usual he faced a barrage of abuse. Funny how the speaker kept the house quieter for Osborne. Bad news as Ed suffers from a stammer at times but of course those across the house know that all too well.Osborne's statement was a well spun speech by his overpaid advisers. Pity there was no mention of the brutal Bedroom Tax and either easing it or abolishing it. Shame too that there was no mention
- A further welfare cap. The state pension for now is not included.
- Britain is continuing its foreign aid program which Osborne feels we should all be proud off. Some people in the UK will not agree. Spending abroad when citizens at home are facing austerity? Aid to India a country that has money to join the space-race?
- Public sector spending cut.
- Banking Libor fines will be used for military and emergency service charities. Military reserve spending cut however.
- State pension to increase by £2.95 a week in 2014. Hell what will they spend this massive increase on?
- Pension age to increase as predicted meaning young people will not be eligible for a state pension until they are aged at least 69. The details are 68 in the mid 2030's and 69 in the late 2040's.
- Measures to tackle tax avoidance.
- Borrowing is down, Osborne said. The country is now borrowing £2,500 less for every household.
- He has met with B of E boss Mark Carney to avert a housing bubble disaster due to the Help to Buy scheme.
- Claims that this government has vastly improved education were derided by the opposition.
- Government has found money to fund free schools meals for all children below a certain age. Means-testing would have been a better option. Why would a wealthy person need a free school meal for their child?
- 18 to 21 year-olds who are jobless will face the choice of undertaking training or losing benefits.
- Osborne claims changes to funding university students has not impacted on the poor. New loans to be financed by selling old student loan book.
- Film tax relief improved.
- Business rate relief extended. Rate capped at 2% from April. Discount rate for small retailers in the UK.
- Transfer of part of a couples tax allowance to a partner. The Tories scrapped this some years ago. What goes around apparently? However according to Labour most married couples in the UK will not benefit.
- Green levies on fuel companies reduced cutting average bills by £50 a year but doing nothing to help the environment. This means energy bosses can keep the huge salaries and profits. The £50 is in effect paid for by the environment. As bills average £1200 plus a year £50 is another slap in the face.
- Fuel duty will not increase as planned next year.
- A budget for jobs? Jobs tax abolished for young workers.
of cuts in the pipeline to Ministers expense claims, especially those for
second homes and heating those empty properties.As Ed Balls said, the statement was all Smoke and Mirrors.The House descended into mayhem as Speaker Bercow tried to remind Ministers how they appear to voters watching at home. It made no difference. Kindergarten rules.Check out full budget here at BBC News.The full statement is available at the Government website here.
A little over a week ago we reported
that former assistants of UK celebrity chef Nigella Lawson alleged she was a cocaine user who had secretly used her husband's money to fund her drug abuse.
Wednesday Ms Lawson, 53, admitted drug use but denies she is an addict. A court case
involving two of Lawson's former assistants has opened a can of worms for Nigella.
Her two Italian assistants, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo who worked for Lawson for 10 years, are charged with defrauding Charles Saatchi, Lawson's ex-husband, out of more than £300,000 to spend on holidays, designer handbags and other items.
They incriminated Ms Lawson by claiming that she knew they were spending excessive amounts of Saatchi's money on his credit cards but it was a pay-off for their silence about her drug abuse. The trial of the two Grillo sisters continued at Isleworth Crown Court Wednesday.
Under questioning Ms Lawson told the court she had first used cocaine when she lived with former husband John Diamond
. He died from cancer in 2001. She claimed she used cocaine when Diamond was terminally ill. She told the court she took cocaine with Mr Diamond on six occasions, after he found out his cancer was terminal. "It gave him some escape," she said. As for her the pressure of being a carer, mother and the family-earner allegedly took its toll.
reports she continued: "There was another time I took cocaine. In July 2010 I was having a very, very difficult time. "I felt subjected to intimate terrorism by Mr Saatchi," she said, adding that she felt "isolated and in fear of... just unhappy". "A friend of mine offered me some cocaine, I took it," she said. Ms Lawson added it "completely spooked" her. "The idea that I am a drug addict, or habitual user of cocaine is absolutely ridiculous."
Pictures of Saatchi, 70, with his hands around Nigella's throat, at Scotts restaurant in June 2013, were shocking images. The couple quickly denied their relationship was in trouble but divorce followed a month later.
In court Wednesday Nigella admitted using marijuana during the last year of her marriage to help her cope, but said she is drug free now that she is a single woman again. As for the hands around the throat image Saatchi and Lawson tell a very different story about that incident.
He not only claimed he was taking cocaine out of her nose but he told all and sundry that story too. She insists "the incident was actually sparked when she commented on a person walking past with a baby. "I said 'I'm so looking forward to having grandchildren'." "He grabbed me by the throat and said 'I'm the only person you should be concerned with'."
The trial continues, and Ms Lawson is due back in court again, Thursday.
Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said Wednesday that police are investigating whether news staff at the Guardian should be prosecuted under terrorist charges, related to their handling of whistle-blower Edward Snowden's information leaks.
publication is a respected UK institution. It has been at the cutting-edge of news stories for many years. Unlike the now defunct News of the World, which was accused of paying Metropolitan police officers for information and snooping on people by hacking their phones, the Guardian is run by traditional journalists, aka news-hounds.
Ironic then that police officers may soon be investigating Guardian news staff.
The newspaper was at the heart of revelations of intelligence and government snooping made by former CIA analyst Edward Snowden.
Whilst most people applauded Snowden for having the guts to expose abuse by western officials politicians gasped in horror. Why? Mainly because it showed them in all their muck-covered glory. Instead of working for the people, their paid and elected role, they preferred to help spy on citizens all in the name of homeland security.
As a damage limitations exercise politicians opted to condemn Snowden, and publications such as The Guardian, which were brave enough to speak out, publish and be damned.
In the UK a home affairs select committee is investigating issues such as whether the British intelligence agencies overstepped the mark. The three most senior intelligence officers appeared before this select committee weeks ago but now ministers have recalled Alan Parker
head of MI5.
This follows his claim that the Guardian
has endangered national security by publishing leaked information from the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Parker will now be asked to justify that claim.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger told the committee his paper had withheld sensitive information, such as the names of spies, from publication but Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick
said "It appears possible once we look at the material that some people may have committed offenses. "We need to establish whether they have or they haven't." Her comment related to the brief detention of journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow airport.
One way or another officials embroiled in the NSA leaks scandal want to shut people up. In the UK the so-called "gagging bill" is on hold but it is not dead and buried. Far from it. The UK needs a lobbying bill to prevent political corruption but all the coalition could come up with was a bill to gag citizens.
In September BBC News
reported "Labour has criticised proposed rules on lobbying, including a limit on the amount of money charities and trades unions can spend on funding election candidates, as "sinister and partisan"."
The fight to stop the gagging bill continues.
The fight to stop further information leaks by way of Snowden also continues.
Parker will be questioned again, if he attends the committee, and hopefully this time the qestions will not be prearranged. The committee wants him to appear publicly again.
Lawmakers are pushing for charges against The Guardian under "Section 58A of the Terrorism Act which says it is a crime to publish or communicate any information about members of the armed forces or intelligence services". Rusbridger denies that claim.
As tempers at the committee hearing frayed Conservative MP Michael Ellis insisted he would not be a party to "a Labour love-in", and asked Rusbridger, "if you'd known about the Enigma code during World War Two would you have transmitted that information to the Nazis?"
Yes, in order to protect the hides of those who have done wrong anything goes and ministers are sinking to the lowest depths ever.
Instead of holding up hands, accepting some blame and looking at how to imrpove the situation they want a status quo but one where the press, and the people, is silenced.Source links embedded in report
Spot the polticians who were members of the Bullingdon Club
In the UK the north south and rich poor divides have never been so great. The front bench of the coalition government is packed full of elitists. Messrs David Cameron, PM, George Osborne, Chancellor, Nick Clegg, Deputy PM and London Mayor Boris Johnson are prime examples of privilege.
Did they achieve the high echelons of public office though through hard work and brains or connections made during their formative years and attendance at wealthy public schools in the UK?
London Mayor Boris Johnson in true Bullingdon Club
style, or should that be Bull in a China Shop style, has put his foot where his mouth should be. According to Johnson, who had all the privileges a public school education brings in the UK, "controversially seemed to suggest low IQ was the reason poor people did not succeed in life" - The Independent
Now he has been shown for the fool we all suspected him to be. He was ambushed on air with a short IQ quiz and failed miserably. This of course simply confirms what people already knew - too many politicians, who are part of the Tory led coalition, in the UK are bumbling fools who would not have fared well in this life without breaks.
If they had drawn a short straw in life and been brought up in poverty they would have failed to make the grade as a labourer. Most do not have the physical strength labourers need and none have the intelligence required for skilled occupations. Instead a life in politics, guaranteed by public school networking and personal family wealth, is their obvious choice for managing to get paid a good salary in spite of their shortcomings.
So what sort of questions did Boris fail to get right? The Independent reports:
"Asked how many apples he would have if he took two apples from three apples, the Mayor replied: “You've got loads of apples mate, you've got one apple left.”
Mr Ferrari [LBC presenter] said: “You say you've got one apple? You haven't, you've got two apples.”
In another question, Mr Ferrari asked: “A man builds a house with four sides of rectangular construction each side with southern exposure. A big bear comes along. What is the colour of the bear?”
Mr Johnson said it was probably brown, then added that he did not have a clue. The answer is white, since it must be a polar bear on the North Pole.
Finally, the mayor was asked: “I went to bed at 8 in the evening last night and I wound up my clock and set my alarm to sound for 9 o'clock in the morning. How many hours sleep did I get?”
Mr Johnson refused to answer, adding: “No one has said that IQ is the only measure of ability.”
A wise move Boris and better late than never we suppose.
Refusing to answer was a wise move Boris and better late than never we suppose.
The controversy began last week for Boris who "sparked a wave of criticism when he said that 16 per cent of “our species” had an IQ of less than 85 and just 2 per cent over 130 before adding “the harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top”." True but when some have elevation weighted in their favour others stand no chance.
UK PM Cameron and his Deputy Nick Clegg have tried to distance themselves from their old school buddy Johnson and his comments.
The Old Bailey trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, the two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in May, entered its third day Tuesday.
The court watched dramatic CCTV footage of police facing the alleged killers.
Witness statements read out in court today included those of police officers. A female officer who attended the scene of the murder told the court how she feared for her life.
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC read D49's witness statement out. The officer was not identified further. In the statement she said that as one of the accused ran at her, after the attack on Lee Rigby, "I thought 'Oh my God he's going to shoot me'."
The officers attending the scene of the crime were armed due to calls to police of a violent crime. In the UK police officers are not routinely armed
but these days they are when attending certain crimes.
D49's statement said: "I saw a black male running at me waving both his hands in the air in a chopping motion. In his right hand I saw what I call a meat cleaver or a machete.
"I instantly thought 'he's going to kill me'. I went to draw my Glock. Due to my position in the car, the internal door has a panel jutting out, I could not immediately draw my Glock out due to this. It was a split second decision to draw my Taser.
"I could still see the look in the suspect's eyes. They were so wide and I could see the whites of them. He was shouting something."
She then saw a second suspect, allegedly Mr Adebowale, holding a gun. "I thought 'Oh my God he's going to shoot me'. I feared for my life," she said."
The other officer, referred to only as E48 to protect anonymity, said "He almost instantly broke into a sprint and I realised we were being attacked. We had very little time to deal with the threat."
Footage shown to the court obviously placed both men at the scene of the crime. Yet they deny all charges.
Mr Adebolajo and Mr Adebowale both sustained gunshot wounds after charging at the police officers. One officer then kept her gun trained on the men where they had fallen whilst the other took a medical kit from the police vehicle to offer first aid to the injured.
Lee Rigby, the victim of this brutal attack, was dead at the scene as his "injuries not compatible with life", a paramedic told the court.
Witnesses confirmed that neither men made any attempt to flee the murder scene. One eyewitness Michelle Nimmo said: "Throughout the attack, the two men had an evil look on their face. "They stood around looking proud and posing with the gun and knives. They made no attempt to run away."
Mr Adebolajo handed a scribbled letter to passer-by, Amanda Donnelly Martin, addressed to "my beloved children", and outlined the men's reasons for the attack:
"If you find yourself curious as to why carnage is reaching your own towns then know its simply retaliation for your oppression in our towns," it said referring to the war in Afghanistan and any western military mission in Muslim dominated lands.
Once again it was a brutal day in court for the friends and family of the victim, Lee Rigby. How many more days will they wait for justice to be served? How much more bloody evidence will the jury have to view?
As the trial continues what will the verdict be if these men are found guilty? What, after all, will be a fitting sentence for the savage murder of Lee Rigby?
Sources: BBC News
, Sky News Graphic testimony forces widow of murdered British soldier to leave court in tears Lee Rigby murder trial: Court told the killing was 'cowardly and callous'
The trial of the two men accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby
on the streets of Woolwich, London, in May continued Monday.
Brutal evidence resulted in Lee's young widow leaving the court in tears. Friday the trial
of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, the two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby, began at the Old Bailey London.
Proceedings resumed Monday at 12 noon.
The court heard eye-witness statements detailing the terrible brutality of the murder. Lee was run over before being attacked by two men using a meat cleaver and knives. His injuries were horrific and his head almost severed. Dental records
were used for identification purposes.
Rigby's throat was slashed by one attacker as the other stabbed him numerous times. Saraj Miah was chatting with a local shop-keeper as the drama unfolded. As the two men got out of the vehicle they had driven at Lee he shouted at them not to kill the fallen soldier. The response of one attacker was to brandish a gun.
Mr Miah's written statement said that one of the attacker's stabbed Lee six times in the chest. Another eye-witness, Amanda Bailey, told the court she initially thought the car crash was an accident. When one of the men in the car reached down she thought he was looking for his phone to call the emergency services. In reality he was reaching for a knife. "I was so shocked all I could do was sit there and stare at what happened, I couldn't believe what was going on," she said.
reporting from the trial said: "Earlier, the jury was shown CCTV images of Mr Adebolajo buying a five-knife block and a knife sharpener from an Argos store in Lewisham, south-east London, on the day before the attack. The court was also shown CCTV images of Mr Adebolajo driving his Vauxhall Tigra with Mr Adebowale as passenger on the day of the killing".
Cheralee Armstrong thought the two men were helping the accident victim before realising the horrific truth, they were hacking at his body. In a statement to the Old Bailey she said "that there was "pure evil" in one of the knifemen's eyes, and that she thought she would die".
James Henegan, was driving Ms Armstrong in his Citroen C3 car. He wept as he described events to the court. According to Sky News:
"Adebolajo's barrister David Gottlieb asked Mr Henegan if he aware "there was nothing he could have done to change what happened".
"Yes," he said.
Mr Gottlieb said: "My client is very anxious that you should know that."
With one witness describing a "frenzied attack by knife wielding crazy men" obviously the family of Lee Rigby had a harrowing day. Lee's girlfriend and estranged wife, Rebecca Rigby, were both in court. As the gruesome details of her estranged husband's death were given by witnesses Rebecca, and Lee's mother, left the court in tears.
The trial continues.