Two found guilty of Lee Rigby murder

Thursday 19 December 2013 23.09
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Michael Adebolajo (L) and Michael Adebowale were unable to offer any real defence
Michael Adebolajo (L) and Michael Adebowale were unable to offer any real defence
Lee Rigby was run down and hacked to death with a meat cleaver
Lee Rigby was run down and hacked to death with a meat cleaver

Two British Muslims have been found guilty of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

Converts Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were convicted at the Old Bailey after running Fusilier Rigby down in a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in front of horrified onlookers.

They lay in wait near Woolwich Barracks in southeast London on 22 May and picked the 25-year-old to kill after assuming he was a soldier because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

Within just three minutes of hitting him at 30-40mph in their Vauxhall Tigra, they had butchered the young father and were dragging his body into the middle of the road.

Neither Adebolajo nor Adebowale had been unable to offer any real defence for the barbaric attack during their trial, which was beset by legal delays.

The jury took little more than an hour to convict them of murder.