The two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby in May have been found guilty of murder. The two accused claimed they were soldiers of 'Allah', using that as their defense, but in the end the court convicted them of murder.
Lunchtime news from the Old Bailey, in London, reported the trial of the two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, in May, had drawn to a conclusion.
The latest news, from the UK, Thursday, is that the accused, Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, have been found guilty of killing Lee Rigby. All that is left is to decide the sentences.
The judge ordered silence in the court as the verdict was delivered.
The jury of eight women and four men took approximately 90 minutes to reach its verdicts. Both men were found not guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer, but guilty of killing Fusilier Rigby. Sentence will not be passed today.
That will happen in 2014.
The murder and subsequent trial
Fusilier Lee Rigby survived tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he served with distinction according to his commanding officer, but died a brutal death at the hands of two men, Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 29.
As he returned to his barracks in Woolwich, following a day working at the Tower of London, the killers struck. They sped a car, at 30-40mph, at Lee, knocking him over. In a flash they jumped out of the car brandishing knives.
Lee did not stand a chance.
Michael Adebolajo lashed out at lee's fallen body. In the brutal attack that followed Lee's head was almost severed from his body. Later in court Adebolajo would claim this was meant to end Lee's suffering quickly.
Michael Adebolajo was the main orator for the two men in court, and on the streets of Woolwich, in the minutes following the attack. Michael Adebowale did not give evidence during the trial. Adebolajo told shocked passers-by, who had witnessed the savage murder as they went about their daily business, that the murder was an act against the military and their continued presence in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. During the trial he would tell the court that any soldier would have sufficed that day. Both men are Muslim converts.
After the guilty verdict was announced Thursday Sky News reported earlier abuse by Adebowale, against soldiers drafted in to provide security at the London 2012 Olympics. The warning signs were there, but went unheeded.
"On one pavement in Greenwich, a group of Muslim preachers weren't joining in - they were ranting at the public and verbally abusing soldiers who were working at the Games. One of those preachers was Michael Adebowale. It is the first incident we know of in which he was taking direct action against British soldiers".
If Lee's murder had gone to plan the military would have responded to the attack and the two killers died in a gun battle, achieving martyrdom in the process. Their twisted mentality viewed this murder in a way that is totally alien to decent law-abiding citizens.
For a time following the murder of Rigby anti-Muslim feeling was high in the UK and some groups tried to gain leverage out of Lee's death.
Good sense prevailed.
The two men are now convicted killers. They besmirched the Muslim faith and members from those communities around the UK also mourned the loss of Rigby, sent condolences and added floral tributes at the spot where he fell. A fallen solider in his own country.
The family of Lee have welcomed the guilty verdict saying justice has been served but asked for their privacy to be respected as they continue to mourn Lee. That is the very least they deserve.
RIP Lee Rigby, soldier, father and son.